Treating Ebola patients in Liberia: A Stanford physician’s story

October 30, 2014 10:15 PM

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Treating Ebola patients in Liberia: A Stanford physician’s story

He said the clinic had the benefit of a nearby biohazards lab, built by the U.S. Navy, to quickly diagnose cases, but that most of their care-giving tools were fairly rudimentary: replacing lost fluids and electrolytes, treating malaria and bacterial infections, controlling symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, and providing general pain control. The caregivers were constantly vigilant with regard to infection control, covering themselves from head to toe with yellow protective suits, beige and gray aprons, goggles and black boots.

Because of the intense heat, which created a sauna-like environment in the suits, doctors and nurses did not spend much more than an hour at a time in protective gear.

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