Each time an Ebola patient in the United States had to be taken to a hospital, first responders around the country were actively engaged in the process. Though the worst of the incidents seem to be over, they highlighted the way police, fire, and emergency medical services prepare to encounter such infectious, high-risk patients.
In his column "Ebola & Beyond," Ken Willette talks about NFPA 1581, Fire Department Infection Control Program, which has been shaped by other infectious threats, such as hepatitis C, the N151 flu virus, the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacterium, and bioterrorism agents. The standard provides minimum criteria for infection control for fire department members involved in routine or emergency operations, addressing personal protective equipment, hazard communication, and decontamination of apparatus, individuals, and equipment.
For more on effective infection control, read Ken's column in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.
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