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Published:Saturday | November 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

n Hand hygiene is essential and should

be performed frequently, especially if you are caring for an Ebola patient or come in contact with areas that may be contaminated by the deadly virus.

n Sanitise hands before donning gloves and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) on entry to the isolation room/area; before any clean or

aseptic procedure

is performed on a patient; after any exposure risk or actual exposure with a patient's blood or body fluids; after touching (even potentially) contaminated surfaces, items, or equipment in the patient's surroundings; and after removal of PPE, upon leaving the isolation area.

n Either an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and running water can be used. It is important to always perform hand hygiene with soap and running water when hands are visibly soiled. Alcohol-based hand rubs should be made available at every point of care (at the entrance and within the isolation rooms and areas); running water, soap, and single-use towels should also be always available.