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Table 6 Essential support services

From: Preparedness of institutions around the world for managing patients with Ebola virus disease: an infection control readiness checklist

  Hospitals that (would) take care of EDV patients Other hospitals Significance
Essential support services In place Action needed In place Action needed
Estimation is done for additional medical and other supplies and plan is in place to introduce a mechanism to ensure the continuous availability of these supplies 33 (48.5) 18 (26.5) 17 (29.3) 22 (37.9) 0.09
Methods of cleaning and disinfecting the respective areas in the healthcare facilities are in accordance with the national guidelines and standards 51 (75.0) 5 (7.3) 44 (77.2) 3 (5.3) 0.94
Methods for the disposal of medical and nonmedical solid waste are in accordance with the national guidelines and standards. 51 (77.3) 6 (9.1) 37 (63.8) 5 (8.6) 0.22
Cleaning and disinfection is done for reusable equipment between patient use in accordance with current national IPC guidelines 52 (76.5) 7 (10.3) 46 (79.3) 2 (3.4) 0.26
Trained cleaning personnel are appointed for the high risk areas e.g. Emergency department and isolation ward 33 (48.5) 17 (25.0) 24 (42.1) 15 (26.3) 0.46
Plans exist for safe disposal of human body waste (urine and faeces) into public system–disinfection with appropriate concentration of disinfectants OR autoclaving onsite before normal disposal process 44 (65.7) 13 (19.4) 27 (47.4) 14 (24.6) 0.13