Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to keep NHS staff safe from Ebola
Image by DFID – UK Department for International Development
Army trainers show NHS doctors and nurses how to put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that they will wear in the British-built Ebola treatment centres in Sierra Leone.
The kit – including overalls, visors, gloves and more – must be put on in the right order to provide maximum protection, as well as removed in a special sequence to reduce risks of contamination.
Doctors, nurses and medics from across the UK’s National Health Service are joining Britain’s fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.
More than 30 NHS staff will make up the first group of volunteers to be deployed by the UK government.
The NHS volunteers have spent 9 days training at the Army Medical Services Training Centre at Strensall near York in preparation. The facility is a replica of a Sierra Leone Ebola treatment centre.
The group – which includes GPs, nurses, clinicians, psychiatrists and consultants in emergency medicine – will work on testing, diagnosing and treating people who have contracted the deadly virus.
They will work in British-built treatment centres across the country, which when full, will triple Sierra Leone’s bed capacity.
Find out more about the UK’s fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone at: www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/ebola-virus-governme…
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