“There are extensive instructions for as to how you put on and take off this equipment,” said Thompson.
Hospital officials in South Carolina say they are following protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and DHEC to make sure their workers know how to correctly use this personal equipment if they are to come in contact with Ebola patients.
“I was astounded at the complexity of these instructions because you're dealing with a lot of clumsy gear,” said Thompson.
“We don't want any of our workers in hospitals to be harmed by having to take care of an Ebola patient so the way we do that is to protect them on the front and that's what we're spending a lot of energy to do,” said Kirby.
Aside from the equipment, Kirby says hospital workers are to identify people who have symptoms of the infection who have traveled to West Africa, isolate the patient from everyone else, and communicate with DHEC and the CDC to know what's next.
Thompson says the CDC and DHEC are continually updating them with the latest on the Ebola outbreak and they are keeping their workers informed.
Thompson says hospitals are prepared if any Ebola case comes up in South Carolina.