|Proper Donning and Doffing Technique of PPE|
In the face of the recent contraction of Ebola by a US nurse caring for an infected patient, it is critical that all urgent care centers review their infectious disease management protocols and refresh their providers in the appropriate indications for various personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as its proper use. Click here to see the proper technique for donning and doffing of PPE needed to evaluate and treat patients with Ebola.
Ebola is transmitted through close contact with infected blood, saliva, feces, vomit and semen. If exposure to any of these fluids is anticipated, urgent care center personnel should wear fluid imperniable gowns, masks with face sheilds, and gloves that extend over the cuffs of the gown. Protective booties and hair covering provide additional protection. It is important to wash hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer immediately after removing gloves. Care should be taken not to rub eyes or touch the mouth until hand washing was been performed.
PPE provides protection from contact with disease particles though propper use can sometimes be challenging. The UCAOA and UCCOP encourages all of it's centers to provide refresher training and allow practice of techniques so that providers will feel more comfortable if and when the time comes to use it when needed.
The UCAOA and UCCOP will continue to monitor the Ebola situation and will provide up to date information to help it's members provide safe and effective care to patients.