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U.S. Buys Up Ebola Gear, Leaving Little for Africa – WSJ

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[F]rontline healthcare workers in West Africa are said to be ‘sweating bullet’s right now as they see PPE supplies dwindling with no replacements in the pipeline. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is all that stands between a HCW and possible death, so it’s understandable that these suits are vital to the war on Ebola. DuPont and other manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the demand, but orders from West Africa or missions groups working there may not be filled right away due to the high numbers of orders already received:

One of the demand spikes isn’t coming from West Africa—but from America. U.S. hospitals and government agencies have strained PPE supplies in some regions, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. This month, the CDC itself said it ordered $2.7 million in PPEs, a collection it calls a Strategic National Stockpile. CDC guidelines state American hospitals and firefighters need PPEs on hand, in case a potential Ebola suspect wanders into an emergency room or dials 911.

A report earlier this year revealed that the CDC’s and DHS supplies of emergency items such as PPEs were so old that they had reached or would soon reach their expiration dates, so it’s understandable, I suppose, that these government agencies would place huge orders for replacements, but couldn’t we send some of those supplies to West Africa instead of soldiers? Just a thought.

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CDC Increasing Supply of Ebola-specific Personal Protective Equipment for U.S. Hospitals | CDC Newsroom

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[T]he following was just released by the CDC as an aid for US hospitals that face the task of caring for an Ebola or suspected Ebola patient. Much has been said about PPEs and their use, and a recent study revealed an aging stockpile of PPEs (that have already reached or will soon reach their expiration dates) within the US government stores. Today’s information must come as welcome relief to hospital boards and administrators. And to the frontline staff who will be wearing the garments. Here’s the press release in full:

(Press Release – CDC) – 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. Continue reading