Some Ebola guidelines questioned

December 12, 2014

Experts are questioning aspects of some of the Ebola guidelines that go beyond current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, especially those that call for suspending certain routine lab tests, according to an article on Infection Control Today.

A commentary in the journal Transfusion suggests that most individuals with suspected Ebola will have a fever due to another cause, and forgoing such testing may compromise patients' health more than any reduction in the risks to laboratory personnel.

The article says that all laboratory directors must work with infection control and safety experts to evaluate their hospital policies on potentially infectious patients to provide a safe environment.

Read the article.



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