CDC strengthens Ebola guidelines

Head-to-toe protection suggested for health personnel

A medical safety coordinator wearing no hazmat suit, carrying a clipboard oversees the transfer of Amber Vinson, a Dallas nurse infected with Ebola. (Original photo via CBS Dallas, adjusted to highlight area of interest by KOIN 6 News)
A medical safety coordinator wearing no hazmat suit, carrying a clipboard oversees the transfer of Amber Vinson, a Dallas nurse infected with Ebola. (Original photo via CBS Dallas, adjusted to highlight area of interest by KOIN 6 News)

ATLANTA (AP) – Federal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients.

Officials on Monday night released the advice, which health workers had pushed for after two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials will be demonstrating the recommended techniques Tuesday at a massive training at New York City’s Javits Center, with an expected attendance of thousands.

Pamela Cipriano is president of the American Nurses Association, which represents 3 million registered nurses.

Cipriano says she’s glad to finally see better federal advice. Health care workers say the CDC’s old guidance was confusing and inadequate, and left them unprepared to deal with an Ebola patient.

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