Personal Protective Equipment

CDC is Increasing Supply of Ebola-Specific PPE for U.S. Hospitals

November 7, 2014

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 can be rapidly delivered to hospitals. Each kit can provide the PPE needed by clinical teams to manage the care of one Ebola patient for up to five days.

A Retrospect: PPE Use Then and Now

October 11, 2014

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 his “vulcanized” rubber that surgical gloves became flexible enough to wear and in some iteration were used en mass by nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1890s after surgeon Dr. William Halstead published his paper, “The Treatment of Wounds.”

Surgery Protocol for Ebola Includes AAMI Gown Standard

October 10, 2014

A new protocol that describes precautions surgeons should take when operating on suspected or confirmed Ebola patients includes an Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standard on surgical gowns and drapes.

Global Demand for Medical Disposables to Reach $245 Billion

October 2, 2014

Global demand for medical disposables is forecast to rise 6.6 percent annually to $245 billion in 2018.  The strongest influence on growth will involve the upgrading and stricter enforcement of infection prevention protocols by hospitals