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Ebola facts - Importance of protective gear

Published:Tuesday | October 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Health workers treating Ebola patients are at a higher risk of infection than other groups. So far this year, more than 240 health-care workers have been infected and more than 120 have died.

In addition to standard health-care precautions, health workers should strictly apply recommended infection-control measures to avoid exposure to blood, fluids, or contaminated areas, including soiled clothing, linen, and needles.

While caring for Ebola patients, they MUST wear protective gear at all times, including gloves, masks, gowns or full-body suits, high boots, and eye or face shields or goggles.

DO NOT reuse protective equipment or clothing unless they have been properly disinfected. Properly sterilise instruments and contaminated areas, using disposable cleaning cloths, mop cloths, and wipes, and dispose of these in leak-proof bags. Prevent contamination of bag's exterior.

Health-care workers MUST change disposable gloves between caring for each patient and properly dispose of contaminated equipment, such as needles, syringes and gloves.