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October 14th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Expert questions CDC guidelines on Ebola

(CNN) – Head-to-toe, tape-to-tie, protective suits have become the symbol of Ebola danger and prevention worldwide.

Investigators are currently looking whether the infected Texas nurse followed all the protocols.

"What we're doing at this point is looking at every aspect of prevention, of infection in the Dallas hospital," said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden.

For those on the front lines of this crisis, learning how to properly dress and disrobe for new patients is crucial.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's current guidelines come with a disclaimer, noting that they will "vary based on the level of precautions required."

The problem is, according to one expert, the guidelines on CDC's website do not adequately describe coverage for health care workers – troubling at a time when hospitals are desperate for guidance.

"They're downloading this, they're not getting something that's going to protect them 100% from Ebola, and it's going to lead to more mistakes," said infectious disease expert Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner

MacGregor-Skinner has suited up himself on the front lines of outbreaks in Africa. He says diagrams on the CDC's website show personal protective equipment (PPE) procedures that are just wrong

"When you have direct contact with an Ebola patient, no skin should be exposed, no part of the body should be exposed, and that's not what the guidance shows," said Macgregor-Skinner.

The inconsistencies between the CDC's diagram and reality are more than minor procedural differences, Mcgregor-Skinner says they  could be the difference between life and death.

"We've seen this on TV now for months, this is not new information, and it's something that needs to be corrected immediately," said Mcgregor-Skinner.

The CDC's director assured the public Monday that protective procedures were evolving, and improving with each new case.

"It's an ongoing process, we're already today implementing some new procedures to make it safer and easier," Frieden said.

But for now, it seems, those on the front lines are all dressed up with no place to guide them.

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