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    Nursing and the Ebola Virus

    I read an interesting interview where they were saying that they don't know if a dog can get Ebola. Furthermore, they wouldn't know how to test for it in a dog, they wouldn't know how symptoms may or may not present, if the dog would be contagious and for how long, etc.
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    Nursing and the Ebola Virus

    See, we were told we don't even need to use negative pressure rooms! They told us it's "just droplet" like the flu. Ebola patients can go into a regular room. The lack of consistency on how to protect and isolate is really causing me to be concerned.
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    PPE for Ebola?

    Thank you for the response.
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    Nursing and the Ebola Virus

    I'm reading multiple reputable sources saying to wear head to toe gear but my hospital says it's just droplet isolation- wear a plastic gown, gloves and mask with face sheild. I do not believe this. I am truly afraid for my life should I be forced to care for an Ebola patient under these conditions. I'm also expected to go home (to my husband, small children and dog) in my scrubs and shoes that were not fully covered. We won't be hosed down with chlorine or have a buddy to help us remove our PPE under the current guidelines.
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    new nurse unsure of how to get along

    It sounds like you work with some horrible people. You've only been a nurse for 4 months and they're giving you crap? It amazes me how awful so many nurses are to each other when this supposedly a 'helping' profession. Try not to let their comments get to you. Focus on doing your job and organizing yourself so you can complete as much as possible in your shift. If a thing or two doesn't get done, tough, it's a 24 hour job. I don't try to make friends at work. I'm polite and civil but I'm there to do a job, not socialize. Just do your job the best you can and ignore the comments.
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    PPE for Ebola?

    I'm sure we've all seen healthcare workers in the news caring for Ebola patients and cleaning up waste. They are always covered in what looks like head to toe hazmat suits. I've heard doctors who cared for Ebola patients being interviewed stating that every inch of skin was covered. So why am I being told in my US hospital that it's "just droplet isolation" and we'll be given plastic gowns (we normally wear something that resembles cheesecloth and is not waterproof)? Why are hazmat teams cleaning up the apartment where the Texas Ebola patient stayed and wrapping his car in plastic? I am feeling very uncomfortable with what I'm seeing everyone else doing when caring for these patients vs what my hospital is (very informally at that, no one was actually come around to educate us on what to do should we receive a r/o Ebola patient) recommending. My legs would still be only covered by scrubs, what if the patient vomited on me? I've also read a few posters on here mention triple gloving. There was absolutely no mention what so ever of this at my institution. The administrator I briefly (an informally) spoke with said it's "just droplet isolation", which I refuse to believe. What are other hospitals recommending? Are you comfortable with these recommendations?
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