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CDPH Updates Guidance on Use of PPE While Treating Ebola Patients
New guidance effective as of Jan. 20

On Jan. 20, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated and revised guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used by health care workers in inpatient hospital settings during management of patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD). The interim guidance, attached, supersedes the original guidance released Nov. 6, 2014, and subsequent revisions released Nov. 25, 2014, and Jan. 12, 2015.

The updated guidance is substantially similar to the Jan. 12 guidance. CDPH recognizes that the level and use of PPE for the protection of health care workers caring for suspected or confirmed EVD patients may change based on clinical symptoms and presentation of the patient, and that scientific evidence shows symptoms in the early course of EVD vary from symptoms presented as the patient’s clinical condition worsens. The Jan. 20 guidance clarifies that it supersedes the previous guidance. It also clarifies CDPH’s recommendation that the hospital’s infectious disease physician and/or infection preventionist assess the suspected or confirmed EVD patient status and determine the appropriate level of PPE, and that assessments be conducted on an ongoing basis during the care of the patient.

Cal/OSHA is currently reviewing the updated CDPH guidance and is expected to update its guidance as well. For more CDPH guidance and information related to Ebola, visit http://cdph.ca.gov/programs/cder/Pages/Ebola.aspx.

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