If There Aren’t Any Ebola Cases in the US, Why is the CDC Doing THIS?

Saturday, November 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lily Dane
The Daily Sheeple
November 7th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made an interesting announcement today via a press release:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to increase Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplies to assist U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients. Products are being configured into 50 kits that can be rapidly delivered to hospitals. Each kit can provide the PPE needed by clinical teams to manage the care of one Ebola patient for up to five days.

The number of kits is limited, but the CDC said they will “help address short-term PPE needs.” They will be “rapidly delivered” from the SNS as requested to hospitals that have suspected or confirmed Ebola cases.

Items included in the kits are impermeable gowns, coveralls, and aprons; boot covers; gloves; face shields and hoods; N95 respirators; powered-air purifying respirator systems and ancillaries; and disinfecting wipes.

On October 20, the CDC issued updated guidelines for PPE use while caring for Ebola patients. They say this has caused an increase in demand for proper protective gear:

Since the issuance of the CDC guidance, there has been a sudden increase in demand for PPE. Across the United States, availability for these products varies by product type and model, requested quantity, manufacturer, distributor, and geographic region.

“We are making certain to not disrupt the orders submitted by states and hospitals, but we are building our stocks so that we can assist when needed. Some of these products are not normally used by hospitals for regular patient care,” said Greg Burel, director of CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile.

There are alternatives that can be used in the event certain products are unavailable, and those alternatives are included in CDC’s guidance. CDC continues to coordinate with manufacturers, distributors and health care facilities to monitor the availability of products in the supply chain. No products are being held by manufacturers or distributors specifically for SNS orders, and SNS orders are not being prioritized ahead of orders placed by hospitals. (source)

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