Ebola: CDC Stockpiles PPE to Combat Shortages, Releases Pediatric-Focused Resources
November 12, 2014 | Risk Management News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Strategic National Stockpile has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to be assembled into kits to assist U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients, states a November 7, 2014, CDC press release. According to the press release, the PPE is enough to assemble 50 kits, each of which can provide the PPE needed by clinical teams to manage the care of one Ebola patient for up to five days. The kits are consistent with CDC's October 20, 2014, PPE guidance for caring for Ebola patients and include impermeable gowns, coveralls, and aprons; boot covers; gloves; face shields and hoods; N95 respirators; powered air-purifying respirator systems and ancillaries; and disinfecting wipes.