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Survey: Gaps revealed in ebola training for NHS nursing staff

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Around half of nursing staff remain in the dark about how to deal with a patient with ebola, our survey suggests.

We asked two questions (see below) specifically about ebola among our latest annual survey, which was completed by nearly 750 nurses.

In October, chief medical officer for England Professor Dame Sally Davies said preparations were underway to ensure all frontline hospital staff were trained in how to deal with suspected cases of ebola and how to use personal protective equipment.

Asked if they had received training from their employer on how to react to a suspected ebola case, around a third of survey respondents said they had or that it was due to take place soon.

But just under half, 47%, told us they had not heard anything about it. 

Meanwhile, exactly half said they had not heard about training in how to protect themselves while treating an ebola patient, compared to 30% who had received training or were due to do so soon.


1. Have you received training from your employer yet on how to react if you believe a patient may have ebola? 
Yes, I have received training    21.59%
No, but it’s due to take place soon          13.31%
No, I’ve not heard anything about it   48.05%
Not applicable  17.05%


2. Have you received training yet in how to protect yourself while treating a patient with confirmed or suspected ebola? 
Yes, I have received training  16.94%
No, but it’s due to take place soon13.03%
No, I’ve not heard anything about it      51.30%
Not applicable  18.73%






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