U.S. hospitals to be supplied protective equipment specified for Ebola

CDC personnel are assembling product from the Strategic National Stockpile into individual personal protective equipment kits, each of which can be used to care for one Ebola patient for up to five days. | Photo courtesy of the CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday that $2.7 million worth of personal protection equipment will be sent to hospitals to assist in the care of Ebola patients.
Altogether, 50 kits have been prepared and can be rapidly sent to hospitals. The kits include five days worth of protective equipment for clinical teams to treat one Ebola patient.
The kits follow the most up-to-date guidelines issued by the CDC. While the numbers of kits are limited at the moment, the CDC said it should be sufficient to treat cases in the short-term. After releasing updated guidelines the demand for protective equipment has increased. The kits include coveralls, aprons, boot covers, gloves, face shields and respirators and air purifiers.
“We are making certain to not disrupt the orders submitted by states and hospitals, but we are building our stocks so that we can assist when needed. Some of these products are not normally used by hospitals for regular patient care,” CDC Division of Strategic National Stockpile Director Greg Burel said.
Hospitals wishing to obtain these kits should collaborate with their state's public health department to order the equipment so that those jurisdictions ordering supplies do so in compliance with CDC policy.

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