The current condition marks the worst Ebola outbreak of the world till date, that fetched the Californian state to adopt strong regulations for health care professionals who are treating Ebola patients.
On Friday, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the regulations, require approximately state’s 300 acute-care hospitals to supply hazardous material suits, respirators, isolation rooms and extensive training to individuals dealing with patients suspected of getting the Ebola virus.
The new regulations elucidate and expand upon general recommendation released in Oct.
Nurses praised the rules as a model for the rest of the nation.
“The governor and OSHA have really inspired nurses using their persistence to this. They’ve proven a complete dedication to look after patients and nurses,” Chuck Idelson, a spokesperson for National Nurses United said.
The rules tend to be more comprehensive than those put forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that the state’s hospitals have been following so far.
Jan Emerson-Shea, speaker for the California Hospital Association, said, “Hospitals will work carefully with Cal/OSHA authorities as hands-on training periods go on for individual employees who are likely to provide care to patients with Ebola.”
Until now, no Ebola cases happen to be reported in California, even though the virus is constantly devastating West Africa, where about 5,100 individuals have died. Within the United States, one person has died of Ebola yet.
There was a global protest of nurses on Thursday demanding more powerful protections for individuals dealing with Ebola patients and the new regulations, marked as some of the nation’s strongest ones, are the outcome of the same.