Ebola regulations adopted

Acute care hospitals in California must provide protection, training

California has adopted tight regulations intended to protect health care providers who might treat a patient infected with Ebola.

Earlier this month, nurses across the country participated in a planned walkout to demand protective equipment, such as full-body hazardous materials suits, and continuous training for health care workers who might encounter an Ebola patient. On Nov. 14, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced new regulations requiring the state’s 300 or so acute-care hospitals to provide protective suits, respirators, isolation rooms and extensive training, according to SFGate.com.

The new rules are more comprehensive than those put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which the state had previously followed. To date, no Ebola cases have been reported in California.