California Adopts Toughest Regulations in US to Protect Hospital Workers Caring for Ebola Patients

 

California now has some of the toughest regulations in the country to protect healthcare workers who treat patients with Ebola.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced new requirements for the state's acute care hospitals in regards to Ebola. Hospitals must provide workers with hazardous material suits, respirators and isolation rooms, and conduct extensive training to those working with patients suspected of having the virus.

The rules are mandatory with civil penalties for hospitals that fail to comply. The regulations go further than the voluntary guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which California hospitals have followed up until now, according to SFGate. The new requirements were unveiled following a worldwide protest Thursday and a two-day strike by thousands of Kaiser Permanente nurses, who demanded hospitals provide stronger protections for healthcare workers treating Ebola patients.

So far California has not had an Ebola

CPMA Members can access more information in the Association's Ebola Resource Center

(Source; Fierce Healthcare 11/17/2014)