Article Perspectives: Nursing's Response to the Ebola Outbreak| Volume 63, ISSUE 1, P25-26, January 2015

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Touch in the age of Ebola

Published:November 28, 2014DOI:
      One aspect of the Ebola outbreak that has received little attention in either the professional or lay media is how the need for strict isolation has compromised nurses' ability to touch and provide comfort and human connection for these patients. Although infection control precautions with other high-risk patients have been necessary, Ebola has required extraordinary measures in order to halt the spread of the disease. Patient isolation and stringent precautions that prevent direct skin-to-skin touch have been mandatory. How then do nurses provide safe and appropriate touch in the face of this devastating disease?
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