California adopts new Ebola rules
November 17, 2014
A California health agency has adopted statewide Ebola treatment regulations that nurses are heralding as some of the toughest in the nation and a model for the rest of the country. [SF Gate]
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the new regulations Friday, which include requiring acute-care hospitals to provide hazardous material suits, respirators and isolation rooms to handle patients who either have or are suspected of having Ebola. The new rules expand upon guidelines issued in October and are more comprehensive than ones set forth by the federal Centers for Disease Control, which states had been following.
“The governor and OSHA have really inspired nurses with their dedication to this,” said Chuck Idelson, a spokesman for National Nurses United. “They’ve shown absolute commitment to protecting patients and nurses.”
Not one Ebola case has yet been reported in California.
A surgeon in Nebraska, though, died of Ebola Monday, marking the second death caused by the virus in the United States. The surgeon initially tested negative for the virus while in Sierra Leone.