Ebola smartphone app

CDC announces smartphone coaching app for Ebola workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a free smartphone application that provides intuitive coaching on CDC's guidelines for proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent transmission of Ebola.

Powered by 22otters, a mobile patient engagement platform, CDC's PPE app is an animated, speech-enabled, step-by-step mobile coaching tool to help healthcare workers access easy-to-follow directions for putting on and removing PPE and respirators in accordance with CDC guidelines to prevent transmission of Ebola. Following the initial Ebola app release, 22otters will release a variant of the app allowing training progress tracking and content modules customized for providers.

The recent transmission of Ebola to nurses underscores the need to ensure that all healthcare workers have immediate access to these guidelines. Even when hospitals offer ongoing training, it can be difficult to remember all the details of safely donning and removing of a gown, mask, gloves, face shield and booties when confronted with a patient who might have a life-threatening infectious disease. The CDC app is designed to provide needed just-in-time (JIT) training that can be reviewed in just a few minutes.

"The Ebola outbreak has highlighted the need to increase training in infection control, including proper use of personal protective equipment, to ensure all healthcare workers are safe while providing care." said Abbigail Tumpey, associate director for communications science for CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.

"Since 90 percent of all healthcare providers use a smartphone, they can now be empowered to access protective equipment guidelines and review them as often as they like at their convenience as well as at the point of care," said 22otters CEO Bob Quinn.

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