Minnesota Nurses Want More Protective Ebola Gear
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Nurses Association is calling on hospitals to provide the highest level of protective equipment available for any staff treating Ebola patients.
A resolution to equip hospitals with full-body hazardous material suits was received unanimously at the association's annual meeting. The vote followed an informal survey that found only two out of 150 present nurses felt like they're adequately trained to treat Ebola patients.
Federal authorities currently recommend gowns, gloves, masks and face shields as acceptable gear to protect medical personnel against the deadly disease.
Some Minnesota hospitals are already taking preventative measures by offering more protective equipment, establishing isolation rooms for patients who exhibit Ebola symptoms and conducting drills to ensure preparedness. At least three hospitals in the state have reported suspected cases, but they turned out to be other illnesses.