On October 20, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new infection-control guidelines for health-care workers caring for Ebola patients. The CDC guidelines are provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered as legal or medical advice by ANCOR.
The CDC has issued this updated guidance specifically to assist health care workers caring for patients with Ebola, and reiterates the importance of the "five pillars of safety" which work in conjunction with personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize the likelihood that the virus will be spread within a facility.
The new guidance is centered on three principles:
- All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including putting it on and taking it off in a systemic manner;
- No skin exposure when PPE is worn;
- All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker putting PPE on and taking it off.
Employers are encouraged to consult with legal counsel and state government authorities for questions they have regarding employer rights and responsibilities regarding employees who may have come into contact with individuals infected with Ebola.