NOTE: For the PAPR Version used at Emory University, you can watch the Video: The Emory Ebola PPE Doffing Protocol
For those who missed it, the 25 minute PPE demonstration provided during yesterday’s Webcast Of HCW Ebola Training Session, has been archived and is available for view on the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) website.
This demonstration is a `must see’ for every healthcare worker in the country.
It is only by watching this precise PPE donning and doffing ballet that one can appreciate the importance of having both a system, and a system coordinator. As an example, I counted 10 points during the PPE doffing routine (N95 version) where the HCW must stop and sanitize their hands.
Miss just one, and you increase the risk of exposure during this difficult process.
A step by step listing can be viewed on the CDC’s http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/procedures-for-ppe.html website.
Again, I cannot overstress the need for all HCWs – and hospital administrators – to watch and to study this video carefully - so that you and your facility can have the supplies, knowledge and skills to deal with a potential Ebola patient.