EBOLA: Protecting Florida Health Care Workers from Ebola

EBOLA: Protecting Florida Health Care Workers from Ebola

Today the Florida Department of Health asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide all Florida hospitals on best practices and what lessons have been learned from their experience in Dallas. The goal is to protect more than 300,000 Florida healthcare workers in the event that we have a patient test positive for Ebola.

“Now that there is a second healthcare worker with Ebola in Dallas, we want Florida hospitals to hear directly from the CDC. While the CDC has existing guidance, there have been public reports from nurses in Texas that either that guidance was not followed, or the guidance for healthcare workers needs to be updated,” Governor Rick Scott said,  “Florida hospitals must hear any new safety guidelines directly from the CDC in the next 48 hours so our hospitals are best prepared to protect the health of nurses, doctors and patients.”

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