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Published:Thursday | October 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is cautioning healthcare facilities that to provide safe care to patients with Ebola, they must practise the five pillars of safety:

1 Have a designated on-site Ebola site manager responsible for overseeing the implementation precautions for healthcare personnel and patient safety in the health-care facility.

2 Facility leadership has the responsibility to provide resources and support for implementation of effective prevention precautions, as well as maintain a culture of worker safety in which appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is available and correctly utilised, and ensure workers are provided with appropriate training.

3 There must be clear, standardised procedures where facilities choose one of two options and have a back-up plan in case supplies are not available.

4 Health-care personnel must be trained and facilities need to ensure all health-care providers practise numerous times to make sure they understand how to appropriately use the PPE.

5 Oversight of practices is critical to ensuring that implementation protocols are done accurately, and any error in putting on or taking off PPE is identified in real time, corrected and addressed, in case potential exposure occurs.