“In 1976 I discovered Ebola – now I fear an unimaginable tragedy.” – Peter Piot
Proper care for Ebola patients is essential to avoid this unimaginable tragedy.
Unfortunately, what we saw it in the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is still true in Ebola outbreaks: Much of the currently available protection equipment is inappropriate. Local healthcare workers and those from international relief agencies have to improvise and manage with whatever was available – it’s not good enough.
The lack of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prevents preparedness and hampers the enforcement of infection prevention and control guidelines. Healthcare workers must provide care while risking self-contamination and working in extreme discomfort – imagine getting so hot you can only stand it about 40 minutes and having your boots fill with your sweat. For patients, care by a goggled, suited person you can’t see is anything but comforting.
The drawbacks of most current Ebola PPE include:
We have designed and developed PPE that has the potential to greatly impact caregiving for Ebola and other epidemics.
This project is currently in field testing with MSF and, once validated, will be brought to market by SFTech (2022-2023).
Dr. Michel Rochat
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