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Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) To Be Used By Healthcare Workers during Management




Who this is for: Healthcare workers, supervisors, and administrators at U.S. hospitals.

What this is for: To protect healthcare workers and other patients at facilities that provide care to a patient with confirmed Ebola or PUI who is clinically unstable or has bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea by describing protocols for using PPE.

How to use: Incorporate into infection control and safety training for healthcare workers who provide care to patients with Ebola and use in planning for staffing and supply management.

How it relates to other guidance documents: There are two PPE guidance documents for U.S. hospital workers who may evaluate or care for Ebola patients. Workers should wear this recommended PPE ensemble when evaluating and caring for:


  1. A person who meets the definition of a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for Ebola and is

  2. Exhibiting obvious bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea; OR

  3. Clinically unstable and/or will require invasive or aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., intubation, suctioning, active resuscitation).


  1. A person with confirmed Ebola.


Refer to For U.S. Healthcare Settings: Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Evaluating Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for Ebola Who Are Clinically Stable and Do Not have Bleeding, Vomiting, or Diarrhea recommended when evaluating and caring for a PUI who is:


  1. Not exhibiting obvious bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea; AND

  2. Clinically stable and will not require invasive or aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., intubation, suctioning, active resuscitation).



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