On Thursday, Dr. Stephen Parodi, an infectious disease specialist who oversees operations at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael and other Kaiser hospitals in Northern California, said Kaiser would begin distributing educational materials on Ebola to its facilities throughout Northern California by the end of the week.
said that on Monday, Kaiser would issue a video to staff on how to correctly use personal protective equipment.
Despite calls for hazardous-materials suits by some health care providers, the CDC
is recommending that health care providers wear only gloves, waterproof gowns, face masks, goggles and possibly shoe covers.
Experts caution that more unwieldy gear could increase the risk of infection unless those using it are adequately trained.
said, "The terminology around what personal protection equipment is and what constitutes a Hazmat suit is a little bit confusing."
said Kaiser will be supplying its front-line staff with an Ebola kit that contains a Tyvek suit that is impermeable to fluids, boots that extend up to the calf, a mask, a face shield and a hood.
"We're trying to protect the entire body to exposure to blood and body fluids," Parodi
said increased travel, both international and domestic, is one of the likely reasons for the proliferation of new scourges and revitalized, re-emergence of old ones, such as tuberculosis.
"The world is much smaller than it used to be," Parodi