CDC Updates Management and Preparation Resources for Ebola in the U.S.

Posted by The Evidence Blog on October 8, 2014

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on September 30, 2014. The case involves a man who arrived in Dallas, Texas from Liberia on September 20th. Resources for U.S. healthcare workers are posted on the CDC website, including Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus, updated on October 3, 2014. Below are links to selected CDC Ebola resources.

CDC Preparedness Tips and Checklists:

  • Top 10 Ebola Response Planning Tips: Ebola Readiness Self-Assessment for State and Local Public Health Officials (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/preparedness/planning-tips-top10.html)
  • Health Care Provider Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/healthcare-provider-checklist-for-ebola.pdf)
  • Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/hospital-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf)
  • Health Care Facility Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/healthcare-facility-checklist-for-ebola.pdf)
  • Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ems-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf)

CDC Guidance Documents:

  • Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/environmental-infection-control-in-hospitals.htm)
  • Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U. S. Hospitals and Mortuaries (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/guidance-safe-handling-human-remains-ebola-patients-us-hospitals-mortuaries.html)
  • Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Persons Under Investigation for Ebola Virus Disease in the United States (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/interim-guidance-specimen-collection-submission-patients-suspected-infection-ebola.html)
  • Interim Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Ebola Virus Disease Exposure (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/monitoring-and-movement-of-persons-with-exposure.html)

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) websites also provide links to selected CDC Ebola resources.

Below are links to recently published articles about the protective measures taken by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in preparation for the care of Ebola infected patients at Emory University hospital. Both articles are published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • Preparing for Critical Care Services to Patients With Ebola (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1910124)
  • Safe Management of Patients With Serious Communicable Diseases: Recent Experience With Ebola Virus (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1906849&resultClick=3)
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Information for Healthcare Workers. Updated October 3, 2014. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/index.html. Accessed October 7, 2014.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease). Updated October 3, 2014. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/. Accessed October 7, 2014.
  3. Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). IDSA Ebola Guidance. Updated August 21, 2014. Available at: http://www.idsociety.org/2014_ebola/. Accessed October 7, 2014.
  4. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Ebola Infection Control Resources. August 1, 2014. Available at: http://www.shea-online.org/View/ArticleId/301/Ebola-Infection-Control-Resources.aspx. Accessed October 7, 2014.
  5. American Hospital Association (AHA). Ebola Preparedness Resources. Available at: http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/emergreadiness/ebola.shtml. Accessed October 7, 2014.
  6. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Practice guidance for infection prevention. 2014. Available at: http://www.apic.org/Professional-Practice/Overview. Accessed October 7, 2014.
  7. Decker BK, Sevransky JE, Barrett K, Davey RT, Chertow DS. Preparing for critical care services to patients with Ebola. Ann Intern Med. 2014. Epub ahead of print. September 23, 2014. Available at: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1910124. Accessed October 7, 2014.
  8. Isakov A, Jamison A, Miles W, Ribner B. Safe management of patients with serious communicable diseases: recent experience with Ebola virus. Ann Intern Med. 2014. Epub ahead of print. September 23, 2014. Available at: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1906849. Accessed October 7, 2014.

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