ALERT! CDC Warns Hospitals On EBOLA “CONTAMINATED AIR” and Directs use of “Airborne Infection Isolation Room”s

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014

ALERT! CDC Warns Hospitals On EBOLA “CONTAMINATED AIR” and Directs use of “Airborne Infection Isolation Room”s

The Centers For Disease Controls (CDC) released EBOLA guidance to US Hospitals which specifically warns on exposure to “Contaminated Air“, and includes strict advice toavoid Aerosol Generating Procedures [AGP]

  • Avoid AGPs for Ebola HF patients.
  • If performing AGPs, use a combination of measures to reduce exposures from aerosol-generating procedures when performed on Ebola HF patients.
  • Visitors should not be present during aerosol-generating procedures.
  • Limiting the number of HCP present during the procedure to only those essential for patient-care and support.
  • Conduct the procedures in a private room and ideally in an Airborne Infection Isolation Room (AIIR) when feasible. Room doors should be kept closed during the procedure except when entering or leaving the room, and entry and exit should be minimized during and shortly after the procedure.
  • HCP should wear gloves, a gown, disposable shoe covers, and either a face shield that fully covers the front and sides of the face or goggles, and respiratory protection that is at least as protective as a NIOSH certified fit-tested N95 filtering facepiece respirator or higher (e.g., powered air purifying respiratory or elastomeric respirator) during aerosol generating procedures.
  • Conduct environmental surface cleaning following procedures (see section below on environmental infection control).
  • If re-usable equipment or PPE (e.g. Powered air purifying respirator, elastomeric respirator, etc.) are used, they should be cleaned and disinfected according to manufacturer instructions and hospital policies.
  • Collection and handling of soiled re-usable respirators must be done by trained individuals using PPE as described above for routine patient care

This new Ebola guidance from the CDC matches its recently issued guidance to aircraft crews that focuses on suspected Ebola cases spreading Ebola by actions as minimal as “talking”. CDC’s guidance even warns against using compressed air to clean aircraft as it will result in the airborne spread of Ebola. 

Despite all these Ebola inhalation warnings to hospitals and airline crews the CDC prefers the public to believe that Ebola cannot be transmitted through the air, as indicated in a new Q&A on Ebola

“Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.”

Obviously the CDC’s truth for some people is different from its truth for the public. In fact, the CDC warns Healthcare workers (in bold letters) that the Inhalation Ebola guidance is not for the public.

“This guidance is not intended to apply to persons outside of healthcare settings.”

Sources:

 “Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals”

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/qa.html

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