Use of an ultraviolet tracer in simulation training for the clinical management of Ebola virus disease

J Hosp Infect. 2015 Nov;91(3):275-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2015.07.006. Epub 2015 Aug 10.


In October 2014 the UK military deployed to Sierra Leone to provide care for healthcare workers affected by Ebola virus disease. A training package designed by the Army Medical Services Training Centre prepared the deploying personnel in the required infection prevention and control measures. The training used ultraviolet tracer to provide validation of the skills required when treating patients with Ebola and to confirm subsequent decontamination. This training construct provided useful feedback to clinicians on their infection control measures and would be useful in the context of any infection spread by droplets and fomites.

Keywords: Decontamination; Ebola virus disease; Infection control; Personal protective equipment; Ultraviolet tracer.

MeSH terms

  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / diagnosis
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / epidemiology*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / prevention & control*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Sierra Leone
  • Simulation Training / methods*
  • Staining and Labeling
  • Ultraviolet Rays
  • United Kingdom