The W21C Human Factors team was contracted by Alberta Health Services’ Infection Prevention and Control leadership to evaluate the potential for the transmission of Ebola Virus Disease between patients and health care workers. The priorities for evaluation included the identification of potential transmission events associated with health care workers donning and doffing (putting on and removing) personal protective equipment, and other contributors to exposure associated generally with triage, treatment and transport of Ebola Virus Disease patients. Through collaboration with AHS, the team evaluated simulated Ebola patient care at multiple sites across the Calgary Zone of AHS. The results of the study provided AHS with over 100 recommendations to improve the design of processes, equipment, and environments, to reduce the risk of Ebola Virus Disease transmission between patients and healthcare workers.
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