American College of Surgeons Weighs-In on Ebola Protection

October 12, 2014


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) updated its resource page on the Ebola virus to include a Surgical Protocol for Possible or Confirmed Ebola Cases.  This protocol was put together by Sherry M. Wren MD, FACS, FCS (ECSA) and Adam L. Kushner MD, MPH, FACS.

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OR Staff Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

These guidelines are a bit different than the guidelines recommended by the CDC.  The Surgical Protocol calls for:

  • AAMI Level 4* Impervious Surgical Gowns
  • Leg coverings that have full plastic film coating over the fabric not just over the foot area.
  • Full face shield
  • Mask
  • Double gloves
  • Surgical hood

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To see the complete set of recommendations, view the full document.  The ACS will keep updating its resource page on Ebola as it receives new information.

Richard Buchler is a board certified healthcare executive and managing director of Trauma Ready.  He lives in Chicago, IL.