California adopts new Ebola rules

November 17, 2014

virusA 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.

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About time someone takes Ebola and the threat to the American people seriously!

California leads the way, again.

Our countries’ politicians like to call our health-care workers “heroes,” but when it came to giving these “heroes” the PPE needed to keep them safe when dealing with ebolavirus infection victims, they have been silent.

In addition, while we may not have yet had an Ebola virus case, as of yesterday we have 33 in quarantine throughout the state. In addition, a Stanford infectious disease specialist was just let out of quarantine after spending 21 days there following his return to America from West Africa.

Worse, because of our large undocumented (and, therefore, uninsured) immigrant worker situation, our state is at a huge risk for a major outbreak because, unfortunately for everyone, undocumented workers are the last ones to seek medical help because of fear of deportation.


The Linguistic Detachment of the California National Guard 223d battalion (consisting of includes interpretors, translators, counter-intelligence specialists and interrogation specialists) will be deployed “in early spring” to West Africa, along with five other National Guard units (Fort Bragg, NC; Minnesota; Utah; Texas; Kansas).

After the California National Guard deployment returns to California, they will spend 21 days in a “controlled monitoring period.”


SOURCE: LATimes (–california-national-guard-west-africaa20141116-story.html)