Home Health & Hospice

According to suggestions provided in a recent news release from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), what should Ebola training programs for homecare workers include?

Homecare Insider, October 27, 2014

According to a recent NAHC news release written by Barbara Citarella, MS, RN, MS, CHCE, CHS-V, President of RBC Limited and chair of the trade group’s new Ebola task force, homecare and hospice agencies should implement a comprehensive infection prevention education program for all staff—especially those in the field—that includes intensive, repetitive training in the use of personal protective equipment (ppe), such as gloves, masks (either surgical or N95 respirator), gowns, and face shields. Staff should know how to don and doff ppe without contaminating themselves and apply effective hand washing techniques. Agencies should increase supervision of field staff by adopting a “buddy system” approach to monitoring infection prevention techniques. Agencies should NOT equip staff with outdated ppe equipment. Instead, order additional supplies, including booties and head coverings, immediately.