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Proactive Risk Assessment for Ebola-Infected Patients: A Systematic Approach to Identifying and Minimizing Risk to Healthcare Personnel

  • Rosemarie Fernandez (a1), Steven Mitchell (a1), Ross Ehrmantraut (a2), John Scott Meschke (a3), Nancy J. Simcox (a3), Sarah A. Wolz (a3) and Sarah Henrickson Parker (a4)...

Performing patient care while wearing high-level personal protective equipment presents risks to healthcare providers. Our failure mode effects analysis identified 81 overall risks associated with providing hygienic care and linen change to a patient with continuous watery stool. Implementation of checklists and scheduled pauses could potentially mitigate 76.5% of all risks.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016;37:867–871

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Address correspondence to Rosemarie Fernandez, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Box 359702, 325 Ninth St, Seattle, WA 98104 (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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