The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) continues to work with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The attached document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share this document with others as appropriate.
The following are updated guidance documents available:
- Open Letter to All U.S. Healthcare Professionals from Dr. Nicole Lurie, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, regarding the current Ebola situation. – Oct. 3, 2014
- · Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus - Updated Oct. 3, 2014
- · HAN 371: Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials – Oct. 2, 2014
- · Interim Guidance: EMS Systems & 9-1-1 PSAPs: Management of Patients in the U.S. - Updated Oct. 1, 2014
- · Evaluating Returned Travelers for EVD, U.S. – Oct. 1, 2014
- · Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for EVD, U.S. – Oct. 1, 2014
- · Ebola Screening Criteria Template for EMS – Updated Oct. 1, 2014
- · Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
- · Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness
- · Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
Webinar Recording Available on Ebola Preparedness for U.S. Health Care System
A recording of a recent webinar hosted by ASPR and CDC on Ebola Preparedness for the U.S. health care system is now available for viewing. The webinar focused on the Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness, which highlights the activities that all hospitals can take to prepare for the possibility of a patient exposed to Ebola arriving for medical care. This information is especially useful for hospital emergency managers, infection control officers, hospital leadership, and clinical staff. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure hospitals can detect possible Ebola cases, protect their employees, and respond appropriately.
CDC and ASPR encourage you to visit the CDC Ebola website for the most updated information on the 2014 Ebola response and to share this information with your colleagues and networks.