Infection prevention

Ebola virus – proposal for personal protective equipment

 

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, September 2 2014Posted in: Infection prevention

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in several West African countries, which has escalated with an increasing number of suspected, probable and confirmed cases, is now starting to cause concern globally. Naturally this has implications for the wider healthcare and medical community, and has given rise to many questions.

What we do know about Ebola is that human-to-human virus transmission occurs from direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes with the blood or other bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people. Given the methods of transmission, general guidelines from organizations, such as the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, have emphasized infection prevention and control measures that healthcare facilities and professionals engage in already. Beyond that, the WHO has issued written guidelines1 that include recommendations for personal protection equipment when caring for patients infected with (or suspected to be infected with) the Ebola virus. These guidelines should be referred to first and foremost.

While Mölnlycke Health Care has not tested its products specifically for use in protection in treating patients infected with Ebola, we do offer products that are designed to fulfil infection control and barrier protection purposes, such as surgical gloves, gowns, face masks and so forth. For more detailed information on products fulfilling these needs, see the information below, where we have provided a range of products made from impermeable or fluid-repellant material, which protect against microorganism transfer, body fluids and particles.

Your local Mölnlycke Health Care representative will be happy to assist you with product information and availability questions.

  

Biogel Surgical Gloves

Biogel PI Indicator System

414

Biogel PI indicator Underglove and Biogel PI Ultratouch

416 and (409)

Biogel Skinsense Underglove and Biogel Skinsense

406 and (509)

 

BARRIER surgical gowns

BARRIER Surgical Gown FPP L

670102

BARRIER Surgical Gown FPP LL

670103

BARRIER Surgical Gown FPP XL

670104

BARRIER Surgical Gown FPP XLL

670105

BARRIER Surgical Gown FPP XXLL

670107

BARRIER Surgical Gown FPP L

6701021*

BARRIER Surgical Gown FPP LL

6701031*

BARRIER Surgical Gown FPP XL

6701041*

BARRIER Surgical Gown FPP XLL

6701051*

BARRIER Surgical Gown FPP XXLL

6701071*

*Australian codes

BARRIER headwear

 

BARRIER surgical hood

42072

BARRIER surgical hood

42074

 

BARRIER scrub suits

SCRUB SHIRT, S, blue and greeen

21610, 18610

SCRUB SHIRT, M, blue and greeen

21620, 18620

SCRUB SHIRT, L, blue and greeen

21630, 18630

SCRUB SHIRT, XL, blue and greeen

21640, 18640

SCRUB SHIRT, XXL, blue and greeen

21650, 18650

SCRUB SHIRT, XXXL, blue and greeen

21660, 18660

SCRUB SHIRT, XXXXL, blue and greeen

21670, 18670

SCRUB PANTS, S, blue and greeen

21710, 18710

SCRUB PANTS, M, blue and greeen

21720, 18720

SCRUB PANTS, L, blue and greeen

21730, 18730

SCRUB PANTS, XL, blue and greeen

21740, 18740

SCRUB PANTS, XXL, blue and greeen

21750, 18750

SCRUB PANTS, XXXL, blue and greeen

21760, 18760

SCRUB PANTS, XXXXL, blue and greeen

21770, 18770

 

More information and references:

  1. WHO, Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Care of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Filovirus Haemorrhagic Fever in Health-Care Settings, with Focus on Ebola: http://www.who.int/csr/resources/who-ipc-guidance-ebolafinal-09082014.pdf?ua=1
  2. WHO, Frequently answered questions regarding Ebola: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/faq-ebola/en/
  3. Centers of Disease Control (CDC), US: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html
  4. Department of Health, HSE and Advisory committee on dangerous pathogens, UK:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/343185/ACDP_VHF_guidance_12_08_20141.pdf
  5. The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen, Sweden): http://www.socialstyrelsen.se/Lists/Artikelkatalog/Attachments/19458/2014-6-7.pdf
  6. Pathogen safety data sheet- infectious substances, Public Health Agency of Canada Canada:http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng.php

 

 

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