Strengthening Public Health
Chronic underfunding has ceated ongoing gaps that public health nurses are doing their best to fill.
ROGER WOODS IS MAKING sure his colleagues will be able to properly care for Ebola patients, should the situation ever arise. Woods, an emergency room nurse at Danbury (Conn.) Hospital, has been training nurses there on how to safely use personal protective equipment or PPE to prevent them from contracting the virus. The full-body protective gear includes masks, face shields, gloves, gowns, suits and other equipment. Woods decided to pursue first-responder training through the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2009 and is now a U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA certified instructor. He also spent several weeks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention learning how to prepare and manage a crisis such as this.