Our facilities are in the process of getting equipped, trained, and prepared for infectious diseases so we’re ready if a patient needs us. Whether it’s Ebola, Tuberculosis, or H1N1, we are here for our community and need to keep our patients and ourselves safe.
We’re working with facilities to make sure each facility has a plan for intake, isolation, and response. We know that it’s unlikely that any of our facilities will have Ebola patients and that if a patient with Ebola does present, that patient will be transferred to a national center as soon as possible.
We’re spreading the word about what Ebola is and what standards Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the CDC have for keeping us safe.
o Rigorous and repeated training on every aspect of infection control including donning and doffing PPE.
o No skin exposure while in PPE. This includes double-gloving with extended-cuff gloves, calf-height shoe covering, a face shield and surgical hood, respirator (N95 or PAPR), and an apron.
o A trained monitor to observe donning and doffing of PPE and ensure infection control.
o Disinfection prior to taking off PPE using an approved disinfectant.
Delegates and organizers will be working within each facility to determine how we can best protect our patients and ourselves. Talk to your organizer if you’re concerned about your facility’s preparation. More information is at the SEIU Ebola site or at www.cdc.gov
juliep October 28th, 2014
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