Quintas Dias. From Email October 6 of 2014.
A Spanish nurse has contracted Ebola after treating a patient. This underscores two things. One, health care personnel are a primary at risk category. Two, proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and knowledge in using it are essential. Perhaps there may be a third factor at work. Three, the virus may now be airborne adding a deadlier threat scenario of catching it through aerosols rather through the other two primary transmission modes: body fluids and surface contamination.
Thus far, Ebola has felled scores of health care practitioners who have acted heroically to save patients. This alone should alert hospitals and clinics that they must DO everything possible to protect their doctors and nurses and other health staff. In the military medics are a vital MORALE factor. Soldiers do everything possible to protect medics and nurses.
You can’t afford to get cute with Ebola or any other infectious disease. Our EMS group urges care facilities and professionals to review their procedures and impose rigid security protocols in dealing with infectious disease vectors, review diagnosis signifiers, contaminant agents and appropriate disinfectants. Amazingly enough, despite the death rate among professional practitioners many institutions are ignoring the threat or downgrading it. This verges on gross malfeasance and criminal negligence.
It also appears health care workers despite the use of PPEs are contracting Ebola. Why is this when they are using full body suits, booties, gloves, face mask, hoods and body aprons?? What is being overlooked or misapplied?