Quick Links to Ebola Resources

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October 9, 2014
Carmel Cosgrave and Betsy Ballek
SmithAmundsen Health Care Alert

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The diagnosis of the first case of Ebola (or Ebola Virus Disease –“EVD”) in the United States has raised concerns and questions regarding transmission of the disease as well as the preparedness of U.S. healthcare organizations to respond. In Texas, providers identified areas of potential weakness and the need for improvement in documentation and triage systems1. The CDC is reporting that with the Texas case, as many as 100 people may have “come into contact” with the virus2.

When issues arise which require a coordinated, organization-wide response, we know that staff often turn to administrators, including risk managers, for information and assistance. Mindful of this, and as a service to our clients, below are links to organizations which have posted information, guidelines and up-to-date information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

American Hospital Association

Illinois Hospital Association

Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)

Emergency Nurses Association

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/ehr-workflow-flaw-caused-texas-health-dallas-to-initially-miss-ebola-diagnosis.html

2http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/up-to-100-people-in-dallas-potentially-exposed-to-ebola.html