Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Occupational Health and Ebola
    Ebola virus disease presents a unique occupational health challenge to healthcare institutions, and Ebola readiness and response can drain al-ready-scarce infection prevention resources. This is reflected in a recent survey of infection preventionists at U.S. hospitals ...More
    December 6, 2014 Posted in Articles
  • SHEA Supports Scientifically Sound Approaches to Protecting Healthcare Personnel Fighting Ebola
    The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) says it is dedicated to the prevention of infection in healthcare settings, including the protection of  healthcare personnel (HCP) who provide care to patients with known or suspected Ebola virus disease ...More
    November 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • ECRI Creates Ebola Price Index for PPE, Asks Hospitals to Engage in Crowdsourcing of Pricing Data
    The recent Ebola crisis has challenged the healthcare community to step up its preparedness for managing new cases of Ebola and other high-risk infectious diseases. As a free public service, ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches best approaches to ...More
    November 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • Watch a Live Ebola PPE Training Event Today, Nov. 7
    Today, Nov. 7, 2014, thousands of healthcare workers will participate in a large Ebola safety education session in Los Angeles. The CDC protocols for outpatient settings will be demonstrated for the first time, with more than 500 attendees on-site and 2,000 separate groups ...More
    November 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC is Increasing Supply of Ebola-Specific PPE for U.S. Hospitals
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to increase Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplies to assist U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients. Products are being configured into 50 kits that ...More
    November 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Updates PPE Guidelines for Ebola Response
    As part of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s commitment to safety and protection of healthcare workers and patients from transmission of Ebola virus disease, WHO has conducted a formal review of personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for healthcare workers ...More
    November 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Survey Assesses Protective Gear Inventories at Safety-Net Health Centers in the U.S.
    One-third of America's safety-net facilities reported limited supplies of waterproof shoe covers, gowns, face shields, single-use respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for treating Ebola patients, ...More
    October 30, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on PPE for Ebola
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity. The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) that ...More
    October 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • A Retrospect: PPE Use Then and Now
    In the days of home births, hot water and clean towels - gloves for use during patient exams began during the 1760s when physicians used obstetric gloves made from sheep intestines for vaginal exams in Germany. It wasn’t until the 1840s when Charles Goodyear patented ...More
    October 11, 2014 Posted in Articles
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