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)
- Multiple resources including Screening Protocols for EMS and Safe Management of Patients with the EVD.
- Information about the West Africa outbreak, signs and symptoms, risk of exposure, and treatment.
- A dedicated page for education of health care workers and one for airline personnel.
World Health Organization (WHO)
- Global Alert and Response: information resources on Ebola Virus Disease
American Hospital Association
Illinois Hospital Association
- Breaking Emergent Developments (Ebola, Enterovirus D68 & Flu)
Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)
Emergency Nurses Association
- Emergency Nurses Continue to Use Infectious Disease Control Expertise to Triage Patients as Ebola Surfaces in the U.S.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Diagnosis and treatment overview and the role of the FDA in product development and disclaiming of fraudulent products, already infiltrating the market.