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Detect. Protect. Respond.

Ebola Information for EMS Providers, Agencies and Systems

Topics on this page:

Overview | Patient Evaluation and Diagnosis | Personal Protective Equipment | Privacy Patient Movement | Waste Management and Disposal | Presentations

Overview


Patient Evaluation and Diagnosis

  • Ebola Screening for EMS:  This fact sheet summarizes EMS patient assessment criteria for isolation and hospital notification.
  • Could it be Ebola? This fact sheet helps healthcare professionals understand the warning signs of Ebola and how to evaluate the patient.  It also provides a patient care checklist for patients under investigation for Ebola.
  • 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. This case definition explains the distinction between a Person under Investigation (PUI), probable cases and confirmed cases.  It also explains risk exposure  levels.


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


Waste Management and Disposal


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.
  • 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: December 01, 2015