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EBOLA: A FRIGHTENING CONSEQUENCE OF UNSAFE INJECTIONS AND NEEDLESTICK INJURIES

October 18, 2014
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa (as well as the several recent cases outside of Africa) highlights both the necessity for, and fragility of, healthcare systems.  And at the heart of healthcare systems are, of course, healthcare workers.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the “high proportion of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who have been infected” is “unprecedented.”   As of October 8, 2014, 416 healthcare workers had developed the disease in West Africa, and 233 of them had died.   Recently, healthcare workers in Spain and the United States have contracted Ebola as a result of caring for patients with that disease.  In the coming week ISIPS will be issuing a paper focusing on protecting healtchare workers by making sure that safety products, particuclarly safety syringes, are in use to protect heathcare workers and others.