First off good morning, It's been along time since I have participated in All Nurse. I remember 30 plus years ago, We were taught and practiced double gloving. what goes into isolation never comes out of isolation. We always double bagged items that had to leave the room. By double bagging I mean, while we were still in our isolation gear, another staff person. would be at the doorway with their gloves on holding an open bag to receive the bag we had just tied up while in the isolation room. I still work, but I can tell you these are not practices we do any longer. When is the last time you saw anything double bagged? The food trays go in and out of these rooms. I guess disposable trays ,plates and the like went by the side of the road over the years. Admit it we all have gotten lax.. Ebola of course is a terrifying thing. I believe it will put us all back on our toes as to how to protect not only ourselves , our patients but our loved ones also. Anyone in the position to work with an Ebola patient needs to not only be mindful of protection but to remain in the moment. I have been guilty while taking gloves off or gown to without thinking brush that dang hair out of eyes. I know better but I was not in the moment, I was in what I refer to as automatic mode. The end of a long shift you are tired,, focusing on getting home getting some sleep, the moment of daydreaming. It only takes a split second of not being in the present( in the moment ) to put ourselves at risk..
No lecture mind you,, just reminding us all to be careful. We are all scared, Be reassuring to the public we do not want to help spread panic, even though we may internally feel panic ourselves.