Ebola case: please ensure you know the PPE

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In light of this week's case of a healthcare-worker being treated in Glasgow after contracting Ebola, please take the time to look again at the information published on the relevant personal protective equipment (PPE) for crews regarding potential cases. 

You can download the update from the Need to Know site; please print and display this at stations. 

Although there have been no confirmed cases in the UK and the risk remains low, the Trust is putting a wide range of contingencies in place, should they be needed. Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Steve Wheaton, said: “Action cards are now available on all marked vehicles along with the appropriate PPE required by staff. So far the vast majority of suspected cases have been malaria, which has similar symptoms. I would urge all staff to ensure that they know what they need to do to protect themselves and deliver the highest standards of patient care.”

The National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) has also published an online resource on Ebola, which includes articles on clinical management, health and safety advice and more information on viral haemorrhagic fevers, which is all available on the Ebola page of the NARU website.

Refreshed 30th December, 2014

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