CHA News Article

CDC Updates Guidance on PPE Use
More detailed than previous guidance, reflects 'lessons learned'

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance for health care workers using personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for a patient carrying the Ebola virus. The guidance is much more detailed than previous guidance from either the state or federal government and “reflects lessons learned from the recent experiences of U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients and emphasizes the importance of training, practice, competence, and observation of healthcare workers in correct donning and doffing of PPE selected by the facility.” Of note, the guidance does not provide guidance on PPE for employees who are not entering a patient’s room but who may encounter a patient suspected to have Ebola in the emergency department, clinic or other locations. CHA encourages hospitals to begin following the CDC guidance immediately and is working with Cal/OSHA to obtain additional guidance on this important issue.