CDC STEPS UP PROTECTIVE GEAR SUPPLY
* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently ordered US$2.7 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to increase Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplies to assist United States 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.
* Purchases include impermeable gowns, coveralls, and aprons; boot covers; gloves; face shields and hoods; N95 respirators; powered-air purifying respirator systems and ancillaries; and disinfecting wipes.
* Since the issuance of the new CDC guidance on October 20, there has been a sudden increase in demand for PPE. Across the US, availability for these products varies by product type and model, requested quantity, manufacturer, distributor, and geographic region.
* The US has had four cases of Ebola, with one death.