Use of PPE for suspected cases of Ebola

SIDE Use of PPE for suspected cases of Ebola

Due to the current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the infection prevention and control team is issuing guidance on the use of enhanced PPE.

The outbreak started in August 2018 and is now the second largest EVD outbreak ever recorded.  The risk to the UK public from this outbreak is currently estimated to be negligible to very low and is being kept under close review.

This provides an opportune time to ensure that sufficient numbers of staff are FFP3 fit-tested and trained in the use of enhanced PPE for the safe management of suspected viral haemorrhagic fever cases, and that this training is up-to-date. As a minimum this should include staff in emergency departments, infectious disease units and intensive care units.

Please see the Health Protection Scotland Appendix 16 – Best Practice – Aide Memoire for Levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Healthcare Workers when providing patient care.

This chart incorporates guidance for suspected or confirmed Infectious Diseases of High Consequence (IDHC) e.g. Ebola virus, SARS, MERS-CoV and Avian Influenza.

Further advice is available from the infection prevention and control team on 01382 632138 or x32138.

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