In August 2014, the World Health Organization declared the largest documented outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa. Contamination risks became a global topic of concern, especially as the lines between healthcare workers and patients became increasingly blurred, when healthcare workers too became infected due to inadequate protection.
The personal protective equipment (PPE) donned by healthcare workers was critically important, as it acted as a safeguard for healthcare workers interacting with patients infected with the highly viral Ebola.
As hospitals in Canada began to implement urgent protective measures, there was a stark realization of the lack of standardized selection and use of PPE. Healthcare Human Factors was immediately called upon to conduct rigorous evaluation of PPE currently on market, so that healthcare workers could be protected whilst providing critical care to infected patients.