Belmont County health care workers and first responders are about to learn the latest advances in protective gear in the fight against Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control released new guidelines on Tuesday, about how to dress when handling an Ebola patient.
First, no skin can be exposed, but the covering itself needs to meet new standards, as well. Health care workers need to wear two pairs of gloves, a fluid-resistant gown, and a long waterproof apron over that. They also need waterproof boot covers and an air-purifying respirator.
The rules regarding goggles have also been re-written, because they have apparently done more harm than good. “They are basically taking away the goggle recommendation. Basically just using a face shield instead. Because they felt the health care workers may be tempted to adjust the goggles with their contaminated hands if it fogs up. So basically they’re removing that chance of contamination from the equation,” said Belmont County Department of Health Commissioner, Rob Sproul.
Each organization already has its own personal protective equipment, also known as PPE’s. They will all need to review their stockpiles, reach out to their suppliers and order what they need.
There are no Ebola patients in Belmont County.