Ebola’s low-down on high tech

Friday, March 6, 2015

Delirious and occasionally thrashing around, an Ebola patient wracked with acute symptoms may shed as much as ten litres a day of highly infectious blood and other body fluids, faeces and decomposing tissue. It makes caring for patients suffering from this dreadful disease difficult and dangerous—so much so that some health-care workers quit their jobs rather than face another stressful day. As in all Ebola episodes, preventing infection in west Africa during what has been the worst outbreak in history has placed a lot of effort on looking after those dealing with the victims. New high-tech equipment is now available for use by health-care workers, but in some countries it may be inappropriate.

Source: The Economist (link opens in a new window)

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Health Care
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global health, healthcare technology, infectious diseases, medical devices