The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment for U.S. hospitals with Ebola patients to increase Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supply levels.
Various products are being put into 50 kits that can be delivered quickly from SNS facilities to hospitals, and each kit can provide care of one Ebola patient for up to five days.
“We are making certain to not disrupt the orders submitted by states and hospitals, but we are building our stocks so that we can assist when needed,” Greg Burel, director of the CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile, said. “Some of these products are not normally used by hospitals for regular patient care."
Each kit will contain impermeable gowns, coveralls and aprons; boot covers, gloves, face shields and hoods; N95 respirators, powered-air purifying respirator systems and ancillaries; and disinfecting wipes. No products are being held by manufacturers or distributors specifically for SNS orders, and SNS orders are not being put ahead of other hospitals’ orders.
As the availability of the kits is limited, alternatives that can be used are in writing at www.cdc.gov.