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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Ebola: Pentagon Support Squad and Healthcare Worker Viewpoint

Healthcare Worker Concerns: One Woman's Story

What are healthcare worker options through all this? Can they opt out of providing care if they don't feel safe? >> Hear one woman's story

Pentagon Forms Ebola Support Squad

The pentagon is also forming a 30-person team to assist civilian medical professionals with Ebola treatment.

Regional Proactivity: New York's NYCOSH Steps it Up

Interestingly, regional materials are starting to spring up.

NYCOSH, The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, has put together Ebola fact sheets for employers, not just for healthcare workers but for the general worker population.

"Coordination among agencies at all levels of government is critical in preventing the spread of Ebola," said Guillermina Mejia, safety and health director at DC37, New York City's largest public employee union. "The City of New York should immediately adopt strict protocols and procedures and implement them in both clinical and nonclinical settings. Education and training as well as hands-on drills are important steps towards breaking the chain of infection. DC 37 and other unions are meeting with city representatives to address potential risks to our members if a case is diagnosed in the city."

NYCOSH also pointed to the results of the recent National Nurses Union study, which found most nurses think their hospitals are not adequately prepared for the Ebola virus.
"Much more needs to be done to educate all workers, as lack of information leads to heightened fear and confusion," Charlene Obernauer, NYCOSH executive director, referring to OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standard.

The study--which polled over 700 nurses from 31 states--said that 80% of nurses have still not received communication from their hospital as to how to deal with potential Ebola patients. It also said that one-third of nurses say their hospitals do not have adequate PPE.

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