We have all been told never to say the word “bomb” on an airplane. This would now be considered the equivalent of saying “Ebola” in a hospital. The deadly epidemic in Africa has now reached the shores of America and U.S. citizens could not be more terrified of this implication. Social media sites are playing an immense factor in spreading misconceptions of what may happen now that this virus is physically on our soil. However, modern medicine in the U.S. is completely capable of containing Ebola and many other simpler viruses that we are exposed to daily.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

If you have ever worked in a medical setting, you know one of the first things you learn about at orientation is how to properly use PPE. PPE includes face masks, protective eye-wear, HAZMAT suits, and, of course, gloves. This may seem rudimentary, however, this is a luxury that we have that other third world countries do not. These simple pieces of equipment form a barrier around a person’s body that inhibits bacteria and viruses from spreading.

 

Vaccinations

Although there is not currently a vaccination for the hot topic virus of the year, Ebola, doctors and scientists have become very skilled at targeting and combating a myriad of viruses. This kind of research efficiently creates vaccinations that protect the public from contracting whatever illness may be going around. Diseases that once plagued mankind have all but been eradicated from the face of the earth all thanks to vaccinations.

 

Sterile Instruments in Hospitals

In hospitals and other health care settings, aside from humans spreading viruses to one another, contaminated instrumentation used to be a major culprit. Numerous colleges and universities are now offering programs to become “Sterile Processing Technicians.” Hospitals hire these specially trained professionals to ensure that only clean, sterile, and uninfected instruments, like modern catheter tubing, are used. This has greatly reduced the instance of contraction of viral and bacterial infections in modern hospitals and in the field.

 

System Wide Training

Due to major advances in technology in recent years, health care systems are now able to educate all employees on new protocol and procedures in a very short amount of time. When a new virus emerges or new and improved techniques are developed to further inhibit contamination, health care workers are able to learn and train immediately, thus constantly remaining current and up-to-date. This kind of training can help put down bad practices and improve quality of service all around the country.

 

It is easy to be swept up into the hysteria that the mass media can spread. This hysteria spreads faster than any virus or super bug ever will. Our best defense is to stay informed. Here, in the U.S., modern medicine has made it possible to deal with any issue that we are faced with.

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