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