Is it firmly established that the hazmat-type suits are a strict necessity when treating Ebola patients? Elbow-length gloves, goggles/respirators (all in one headgear?), and disposable clothes (not scrubs) – combined with rock-solid “back-out” protocols – seem sufficient when considered logically.
I mean, most critically, when treating an Ebola patient, you need your mucous membranes covered and your hands covered. You’re going to pitch all our clothes as you back out. Beyond that, what is essential?
Just thinking out loud and likely missing a ton of fine points.
This question is prompted by some anecdotes passed to me about healthcare workers here and ther making jokes about how poorly they’d hancle Ebola if it came knocking on their door. A common refrain is “We simply don’t have the equipment.” Maybe not for ideal treatment, but in a do-or-die situation, can’t the average American hospital improvise 90% of the way and have a fighting change of treating an Ebola patient reasonably safely?
The info is conflicting. Some sources say the two Dallas nurses who treated Duncan followed hazmat protocols, but there are new reports that are saying they didn’t. So it’s confusing to say the least. But I have heard doctors interviewed who said what you just did. That they don’t need those full body extreme suits to treat Ebola patients.
Yeah - so people don’t have to deal with the paywall - there’s a screenshot of the three sets of images here.
Note that these are not the hazmat ‘spacesuits,’ also known as level A or B PPE for atmospheres inhospitable to life, because the belt pack is an air filter - ebola is not truly airborne, so airtight suits and self-contained breathing apparatus are not needed, although there is worry about splattering droplets and aerosolized droplets, so protection from those potential sources of infection is necessary.