The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has decided to retool its protocol for people treating Ebola patients.
After two Dallas nurses became infected with the deadly virus after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, officials have decided that the present procedures are due for some much-needed revision, the Associated Press reports.
The new guidelines will call for new protective gear “with no skin showing,” which should cut down on health workers vulnerability to the virus. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Head Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the current protocol came from the World Health Organization, which was modeled after what people are doing to care for patients in more remote places.
“There were parts about that protocol that left vulnerability, parts of the skin that were open,” said Anthony.
“Very clearly, when you go into a hospital, have to intubate somebody, have all of the body fluids, you’ve got to be completely covered,” he added. “So that’s going to be one of the things … to be complete covering with no skin showing whatsoever.”
Under the new protocol, health care workers will operate on a buddy system where they check each other. Workers will also be tested on how to properly put on and take off their protective gear.
The updated policy was expected to be published this weekend, however the deadline has been pushed back so that it can undergo a review.