Sayidangwa Kunafonin

Sayidangwa Kunafonin

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Are visitors allowed in areas where patients suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease are
admitted?
Stopping visitor access to patients infected with EVD is preferred. If this is not possible, access
should be given only to those individuals who are necessary for the patient’s well‐being and care,
such as a child’s parent.
Is protective equipment required when caring for these patients?
• In addition to standard health‐care precautions, health‐care workers should strictly apply
recommended infection control measures to avoid exposure to infected blood, fluids, or
contaminated environments or objects – such as a patient’s soiled linen or used needles.
• All visitors and health‐care workers should rigorously use what is known as personal protective
equipment (PPE). PPE should include at least: gloves, an impermeable gown, boots/closed shoes
with overshoes, a mask, and eye protection for splashes (goggles or face shields).
Is hand hygiene important?
Hand hygiene is essential and should be performed:
 before donning gloves and wearing PPE on entry to the isolation room/area;
 before any clean or aseptic procedures is being performed on a patient;
 after any exposure risk or actual exposure with a patient’s blood or body fluids;
 after touching (even potentially) contaminated surfaces, items, or equipment in the patient’s
surroundings; and
 after removal of PPE, upon leaving the isolation area.

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