The Ongoing Ebola Crisis: A List of Resources for Healthcare Workers

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A second nurse has contracted Ebola from the index patient in Dallas. This nurse had extensive contact with the Ebola patient and had boarded a flight from Dallas to Cleveland on October 10 and returned on October 13 with a low-grade fever.

The CDC claims her fever was below the threshold of what they consider to be of significance. In addition, CDC is quoted stating “Health care workers who had been exposed to Duncan were undergoing self-monitoring." Earlier today, reports were indicating a laboratory supervisor at the hospital in Dallas that treated the index patient is in quarantine on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. However, she is at day 19 of the 21 day incubation period, and has not exhibited symptoms or signs of the disease.

Fear and frenzy continues to plague the nation while Ebola continues to present primarily as a healthcare worker risk. Ebola preparedness in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) as well as other outpatient settings is vital. The steps taken may be slightly different than the acute care setting. However, prevention of transmission is essential in the fight against this highly infectious disease.

Infection Control Consulting Services is expediently developing a protocol for screening and managing potentially infected or exposed patients in the ambulatory surgery setting as well as the general outpatient setting. Stay tuned for a policy/protocol for Ebola management in the ambulatory surgery and outpatient setting.

Other resources are being produced and disseminated on a daily basis. ICCS is providing a select list addressing protection for the healthcare worker. We will continue to update this information as necessary.

1. Health Care Provider Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease (pdf)

2. Health Care Facility Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease (pdf)

3. Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for Ebola Virus Disease in the United States (pdf)

4. Ebola Preparedness for the U.S. Healthcare System (webinar)

5. Detailed Emergency Medical Services Checklist for Ebola Preparedness (pdf)

6. Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness (pdf)

7. Fact Sheet: CDC Taking Active Steps Related to Hospital Preparedness for Ebola Treatment (pdf)

8. PPE Procedures for Suspected Ebola Patients (video) 

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.