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Ebola armor: Protective gear for healthcare workers

Protective suits shield healthcare workers from bacteria, viruses and other hazards. Users are most vulnerable to contamination when removing the gear. Here are the steps used by Doctors Without Borders, which has been responding to Ebola outbreaks in Africa for decades.

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Steps to remove protective gear

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Disinfect outer gloves with 0.5% chlorine solution.

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Hand washing occurs nine times in the removal process.


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Spray front and back of apron and suit with chlorine disinfectant.


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Remove outer gloves and put in a biohazard container.


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Wash gloved hands
Remove apron


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Wash gloved hands
Remove goggles

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Wash gloved hands
Remove hood


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Wash gloved hands
Open suit

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Wash gloved hands
Remove suit


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Wash gloved hands
Remove mask


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Wash gloved hands
Remove gloves


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Disinfect boots and remove


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Wash bare hands with 0.05% chlorine.

Source: Doctors Without Borders

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