Infection Control - Ebola : Nursing Course


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The CDC guidelines for providing safe care to patients with Ebola regarding PPE include:

Training, no skin exposure, supervision of the application and removal of PPE

Rationale: CDC guidelines for safe treatment of patients who have Ebola focus on three principles. These include having healthcare providers receive repeated, active, hands on training regarding the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The CDC recommends that caregivers’ skin be completely covered while providing care. Workers must be supervised by a trained individual who monitors the application and removal of PPE.


The types of isolation precautions implemented for a patient who has a diagnosis of Ebola include:

Contact, droplet, and standard

Rationale: Healthcare personnel who provide services for patients infected with the Ebola virus must utilize isolation precautions. The CDC recommends that standard, contact, and droplet isolation procedures must be utilized. In addition, the CDC has created Ebola specific guidelines regarding PPE.


When providing care to a patient who has Ebola, the following procedures are considered to be high risk:

Nebulizer treatments and drawing ABGs

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PPE that must be donned prior to caring for a patient who has Ebola includes:

Double gloves, a hood, full face shield, coveralls, and an N95 respirator mask

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This statement is true regarding the virus that causes Ebola:

The virus that causes Ebola can survive on inanimate surfaces for several days

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Regarding Ebola, A CDC response team could provide the following services:

Consultation, guidance, coordination of services

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Symptoms of Ebola usually develop in this many days after exposure to the virus:

8-12

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The use of standardized procedures for PPE enhances:

Caregiver safety and disease containment

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After providing care to a patient with Ebola, the nurse removes her PPE:

With the help of a trained observer, following a systematic approach to disinfect and remove the PPE

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Providing safe and effective treatment for victims of Ebola requires:

Coordination, training, planning, triage, and communication

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