Demand for Ebola protection impacting on supply channels

Published:  30 October, 2014

US manufacturer prioritises PPE for healthcare and emergency responders in preparation for Ebola scenarios.

Since the first laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States on September 30, 2014, healthcare and emergency responders have rushed to provide the proper protection to their staff, commented hazmat manufacturer DQE (Fishers, Indiana).

As a result, infection control orders have been limited to healthcare and emergency response personnel only, so that those with the greatest need receive them first.

“The SafePaq blood and virus protection kit has been our best selling product for the past two weeks,” said DQE president Tony Baumgartner. “We have been answering calls non-stop and helping our customers prepare for an infectious event. These are the types of events that we plan for and DQE is continually updating its supplies to support the evolving CDC standards.”

The SafePaq provides coveralls that meet ASTM F1670/F1671 Standards for blood and viral penetration resistance. Its contents provide a foundation of protection against a wide range of fluid and viral threats and have applications in healthcare settings as well as with emergency responders who may encounter a patient with an infectious disease.

 “Another product we carry that has a significant application to waste management during an infectious outbreak is the Sani-Bag+,” says Baumgartner. The Sani-Bag+ is used, removed, sealed, and disposed of without the caregiver having direct contact with the waste, therefore eliminating the possibility of cross contamination from infectious microbes.

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