When Samaritan’s Purse health workers treat patients in Liberia, they wear two pairs of gloves and spray themselves with disinfectant twice before leaving the isolation ward. They have a three-foot “no touch” policy and hold safety meetings every day.
In U.S. hospitals — such as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, which has had three cases of Ebola — workers don’t have to hose down their gear and are told it’s OK for gloves to expose their wrists.
“If you slip, and you touch your skin on the wrist, you’re going to get Ebola,” said Isaacs, who has worked on-the-ground disaster relief in countries like Haiti, the Philippines and Bosnia.
This may have some bearing to an exchange of comments on one of my earlier posts. I questioned whether perhaps inadequacy of protocol was as possible as breach of protocol in the Dallas nurse’s illness. Invisible Mikey said the protocol was OK because it had worked in the past. I’m still not qualified to have an opinion, but this sort of thing makes you wonder.