Variations in Supplies, Waste Management Cited at Volunteer Ebola Site

April 15, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Health System


Inconsistent personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, ineffective waste management, and an absence of leadership are among the patient and worker safety lapses identified by an April 13, 2015, New York Times article investigating a volunteer Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone established by Partners in Health. Two healthcare workers working at the clinic developed Ebola, one of whom died, prompting the site's closure in March 2015 and the evacuation of the remaining staff members. Citing an investigation by the World Health Organization, along with interviews with staff members, the New York Times states that PPE variations included gowns that either ripped too easily or were too restrictive and masks that were from several different manufacturers and were not fit tested.

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