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Ebola Information for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Topics on this page:

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

Overview

  • Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness:  This checklist highlights key areas for hospital staff - especially hospital emergency management officers, infection control practitioners, and clinical practitioners - to review in preparation for a person with Ebola arriving at a hospital for medical care.  This checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure your hospital is able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect your employees and respond appropriately.
  • Health Care Facility Preparedness Checklist for Ebola:  This checklist highlights some areas for health care facilities to review in preparation for a person with Ebola arriving for medical care.  Facilities should review infection control policies and procedures and incorporate plans for administrative, environmental and communication measures.  Facilities should also define the individual work practices that will be required to detect the introduction of a patient with Ebola, prevent spread, and manage the impact on patients, the facility and staff.
  • Ambulatory Care Evaluation of Patients with Possible Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola):  This algorithm provides healthcare professionals in ambulatory care facilities with resources to help them identify and safely isolate a possible Ebola patient and then appropriately notify the health department.
  • Emory Healthcare Ebola Preparedness Protocols:  This site includes the policies, procedures and tools that Emory has developed within Emory Healthcare to enable physicians and staff to deal safely and effectively with various risk categories of patients who could be or are infected with the Ebola virus.
  • Interim Guidance for U.S. Hospital Preparedness for Patients with Possible or Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease: A Framework for a Tiered Approach:  This guidance helps state and local health departments, acute care hospitals, and other emergency care settings (including urgent care clinics) develop preparedness plans for patients with possible Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This guidance does not address Ebola preparedness for primary care offices and other non-emergent ambulatory care settings.

Patient Evaluation and Diagnosis

Infection Control

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.

Laboratory

Patient Movement

Waste Management and Disposal

Transporting Samples and Infected Material

  • Transporting Infectious Substances:  An infectious substance is regulated as a hazardous material under theU.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