Not as Easy as 1-2-3: Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment in the Ebola Care Setting


Blami Dao, Jhpiego
Willy Shasha, Jhpiego

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea severely affected already fragile health systems resulting in closure of many health facilities providing routine MNCH care. More than 26,000 cases and 10,000 deaths were reported through mid-February 2015, with 850 infections and 500 deaths among health workers. Poor compliance to infection prevention and control practices including correct donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and hand hygiene have been identified as major causes for infection among healthcare workers. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updates on use of PPE and Hand Hygiene during the outbreak based on lessons learned and perceived needs. We will demonstrate the correct use of PPE and hand hygiene for providing healthcare to women with EVD during labor and childbirth as per the most up to date WHO and CDC guidelines.