IPC Key messages for Ebola infection

IPC Key messages for Ebola infection

 

WHO is observing the situation of the Ebola infection and updating the practice in order to provide the maximal protection for all people including health care workers, other patients, patients’ relative, visitors …etc. in the IPC key messages for Ebola infection WHO enumerate general precautions need to be applied to avoid any infection

IPC Key messages for Ebola infection

IPC Key messages for Ebola infection

 

  • Make sure of applying standard precautions when providing care to ALL patients regardless of the signs and symptoms they present with.

 

  • Isolate suspected or confirmed hemorrhagic fever (HF) cases in single isolation rooms or cohort them in specific / confined areas while rigorously keeping suspected /confirmed cases separate. Assure restricted access to these areas and dedicated equipment.

 

  • Dedication and assigning of clinical and non-clinical personnel to HF patient care areas.

 

  • Before entering to the patient isolation rooms/areas, all visitors and health-care workers rigorously use personal protective equipment (PPE) and perform hand hygiene as indicated in this document.

 

  • PPE should be used and include at least: gloves, gown, boots/closed shoes with overshoes (and mask and eye protection for splashes).

 

  • Make sure of safe injection practice and phlebotomy procedures and management of sharps.

 

  • Make sure of regular and thorough environmental cleaning, decontamination of surfaces and equipment, and management of soiled linen and of waste as indicated in this document.

 

  • Make sure of safe processing of all laboratory samples from suspected / confirmed patients with HF.

 

  • Make sure that the Infection prevention and control measures are applied while handling dead bodies or human remains of suspected or confirmed patients with HF for post-mortem examination and burial preparation.
  • Timely evaluate, provide care, and if needed, isolate HCWs or any other person exposed to blood or any other body fluids from suspected / confirmed patients with HF.

 

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