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Capital Public Radio: "Health Workers Call For More Training On Treating Ebola"

Dr. David Eisenman, director of FSPH's UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, is interviewed about proper protocols for protecting nurses and other health care workers dealing with the spread of Ebola in the U.S.
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Monday, October 13, 2014
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CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO -- California nurses and public health experts are calling for more training to protect health care workers from the Ebola virus.

A California-based national nurses union says it wants more hands-on training with protective equipment such as hazmat suits in case workers are faced with Ebola.

Dr. David Eisenman, Director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, says the U.S. has never seen anything like Ebola.

“Until now, it’s unlikely that they have been trained in that level of complex personal protective equipment. So it’s natural that they would have fears and concerns for their health and their family’s health.”

Eisenman says that protocol involves more hand-washing than the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control.

Eisenman says the U.S. has never seen anything like Ebola, and it is unlikely health care workers have been trained for such a high level of infectious disease control.

He says he expects workers will get that training in the coming weeks, and that the U.S will be able to control new Ebola infections.

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