Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment for First Responders against Ebola Exposure Hazards   [open pdf - 623KB]

"On 20 October 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 'Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing).' […] This new guidance is based on observations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) practices specifically in hospitals and includes updated requirements for (1) repeated training and demonstrated competency for healthcare workers in the wearing and use of PPE, (2) selection of PPE so that no skin is exposed, and (3) supervised donning and doffing of PPE. Further details are provided in this guidance for PPE selection, donning, and doffing procedures. […] This checklist identifies basic types of PPE that first responder organizations (Emergency Medical Services [EMS]) should have on hand as part of their preparedness and response programs. The CDC recognizes EMS personnel as any first responder including but not limited to law enforcement, fire services, and hazardous material teams. In this checklist, CDC and ASPR acknowledge the InterAgency Board (IAB) (see panel at bottom of previous page) as a source for additional information on nationally-recognized standards on appropriate PPE for protecting first responder (EMS) personnel from exposure to Ebola."

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