Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS’) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in addition to other federal, state, and local partners, aim to:
Now is the time to prepare, as it is possible that individuals exposed to Ebola in West Africa may travel to the U.S., exhibit symptoms, and present to outpatient/ambulatory care settings.
This document is intended to provide considerations to enhance outpatient/ambulatory care settings’ collective preparedness and response.
Outpatient/ambulatory care facilities should ensure their healthcare personnel can 1) detect a patient meeting the CDC criteria for a patient for Ebola, 2) protect their healthcare personnel so they can safely care for the patient, and 3) respond in a coordinated fashion.
Many of the signs and symptoms of Ebola are non-specific and similar to those of many common infectious diseases. Transmission of Ebola can be prevented with appropriate infection control measures.
Outpatient/ambulatory care facilities: referred to in this document as including, but not limited to, facilities providing care for patients who do not remain overnight (e.g. community health centers, urgent care centers, retail clinics, hospital-based outpatient clinics, non-hospital based clinics and physician offices, ambulatory surgical centers, public health clinics, imaging centers, oncology clinics, ambulatory behavioral health and substance abuse clinics, physical therapy, and rehabilitation centers).
Healthcare Personnel: referred to in this document as including, but not limited to, paid and unpaid persons (e.g. physicians, nurses, administrative staff, clerical, house-keeping, and volunteers) working in outpatient/ambulatory care settings who have the potential risk of exposure to a patient with Ebola and/or infectious materials (e.g. bodily substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces).
Patient: demonstrates the symptoms and travel history outlined in the Ebola Screening Criteria.
Check CDC's Ebola website regularly for the most current information. State and local health departments with questions should contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center (770-488-7100 or EOCReport@cdc.gov).
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