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Ebola Information for Healthcare Coalitions

Topics on this page

Overview | Patient Evaluation and Diagnosis | Patient Management | Personal Protective Equipment | Privacy | Patient Movement | Infection Control | Patient Monitoring | Waste Management and Disposal | Transporting Samples and Infected Material | Presentations

Overview

  • Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness:  This checklist is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for healthcare coalitions to review in preparation for a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola at a coalition member’s facility. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure healthcare coalition members are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.


Patient Evaluation and Diagnosis

  • Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease: Early recognition is critical for infection control. Health care providers should be alert for and evaluate any patients suspected of having Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This case definition explains the distinction between a Person under Investigation (PUI), probable cases and confirmed cases.  It also explains risk exposure levels.


Patient Management


Personal Protective Equipment


Privacy

  • Bulletin:  HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations:  The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects the privacy of patients’ health information (protected health information) but is balanced to ensure that appropriate uses and disclosures of the information still may be made when necessary to treat a patient, to protect the nation’s public health, and for other critical purposes.


Patient Movement


Infection Control


Patient Monitoring


Waste Management and Disposal


Transporting Samples and Infected Material

  • Transporting Infectious Substances:  An infectious substance is regulated as a hazardous material under the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 C.F.R., Parts 171-180). This site offers Procedural Guidance on the Proper Packaging of Ebola Suspected Waste; Guidance for Transporting Ebola Contaminated Items; and information on transporting infectious substances safely.


Presentations

The following presentations provide templates that EMS agencies and personnel can use as templates to develop Ebola presentations for their staff.  The following presentations contain information that has been cleared by ASPR and CDC.

 
  • Ebola 101 - CDC Slides for U.S. Healthcare Workers:  This presentation provides an overview of Ebola as a disease, information on the current outbreak.
  • Webinar:  Ebola PPE Donning and Doffing Procedures:  This web-based training includes information on properly putting on and removing the PPE that is to be used during management of patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals.
  • Ebola Overview:  This presentation provides an overview of the Ebola as a disease and the outbreak in West Africa.  It also provides information on the goals and challenges of the response, treatment of patients, management of clinical samples, patient monitoring and more.
 

Frequently monitor CDC’s Ebola website  and subscribe to updates from CDC for the most current information on Ebola.  CDC is available 24/7 for consultation.  State and local health departments with questions should contact  the CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 770-488-7100 or via email at eocreport@cdc.gov.

  • This page last reviewed: February 03, 2016