One of the key factors in reducing on-scene risks to fire department personnel is personal protective equipment (PPE). But before fire department leaders select the PPE their personnel will use, they should conduct a risk assessment to ensure that the gear they select is the right gear for the job.
A new online training program developed by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina helps keep health care workers safe when treating patients with Ebola.
The Emory Healthcare Ebola website includes the policies, procedures, and tools developed by Emory Healthcare to enable their physicians and staff to deal safely and effectively with various risk categories of patients who could be or are infected with Ebola virus.
This guidance is for healthcare professionals regarding standard, contact, and droplet precautions when caring for a patient with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease.
Half-facepiece reusable elastomeric respirators are an effective and viable option for protecting health care workers from exposure to airborne transmissible contaminants or infectious agents during day-to-day work or with a sudden or rapid influx of patients, such as during a public health emergency.
During the study, the use of personal protective equipment after the occurrence of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) infections compared with the period before MERS infections increased dramatically from 2,947.4 to 10,283.9 per 1,000 patient-days for surgical masks and from 22 to 232 per 1,000 patient-days for N95 masks.
This report discussses ways that the built environment may support or disrupt safe doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) in biocontainment units.
A Stanford University team working on the regulation of body temperature have created a cooling system that could double the amount of time workers can spend wearing protective suits.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) will fail healthcare workers and their patients if the PPE is donned or doffed incorrectly and contamination is spread.
Surgical masks were originally designed to protect the wearer from infectious droplets in clinical settings, but it doesn’t help much to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.