[mla-nynj] Helpful Ebola Resources

Harvey, Missy mjharvey at pitt.edu
Thu Oct 16 14:07:57 UTC 2014


Contents

CDC Taking Active Steps Related to Hospital Preparedness for Ebola Treatment

Disaster Lit Updates and Recent CDC Webinar Recordings

Recording:  Ebola Outbreak:  Managing Health Information Resources

Ebola Guidelines Included in Disaster Lit


CDC Taking Active Steps Related to Hospital Preparedness for Ebola Treatment
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are taking steps to assist hospitals prepare for Ebola.  This October 15, 2014 press release outlines the steps they are taking in response to health care workers in Dallas who have contracted Ebola:  http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/fs1014-ebola-investigation-fact-sheet.html

Disaster Lit Updates and Recent CDC Webinar Recordings
The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) at NLM continues to update documents, guidance tools, webinars, and more to the Disaster Lit Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
Some people were unable to attend recent webinars, such as the CDC call on preparing for Ebola and the Johns Hopkins symposium webcast.  The links to these and other recordings are in Disaster Lit as they become available:  http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=ebola+OR+hemorrhagic&search.x=45&search.y=11&search=Search

Recording:  Ebola Outbreak:  Managing Health Information Resources
October 9, 2014
Speaker:  Cindy Love, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), National Library of Medicine (NLM
The recording of the webinar on managing health information resources for Ebola is now available online, along with the PowerPoint slides.  In this webinar, Cindy Love, specialist in public health information management with the NLM, discussed the nature of information flow during an infectious disease outbreak, with a special focus on Ebola-related resources from the NLM:  http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html#previous14

Ebola Guidelines Included in Disaster Lit
A recent document from the American Hospital Association suggests "all hospitals and clinics to post ... Ebola screening criteria prominently in locations where hospital staff - including intake, triage and clinical staff - can see it" (http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/tools-resources/advisory/2014/141002-readiness-adv.pdf).
Be proactive at your institution and provide guidelines in print and electronic form to those working with or preparing to work with Ebola patients.  You can find these guidelines gathered in Disaster Lit using the search link below.  You can refine by guideline source, year, or author:  http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?search=Search&PubTypeID[]=13&searchTerms=%28ebola%20OR%20hemorrhagic%29<http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?search=Search&PubTypeID%5b%5d=13&searchTerms=%28ebola%20OR%20hemorrhagic%29>
Here are examples of searches of Disaster Lit for guidelines by source:

*       Includes 42 guidelines/tools and checklists from CDC (http://go.usa.gov/fcwz)

*       Includes 32 guidelines from World Health Organization (http://go.usa.gov/fcG3)

*       Includes 11 guidelines from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (http://go.usa.gov/fcG9)

*       Includes 2 from Infectious Diseases Society of American (http://go.usa.gov/fcGA)
A list of checklists from the CDC, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and others, is also available in Disaster Lit:

1.     Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Date Published: 10/01/2014
This one-page document is a checklist for patients being evaluated for Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the United States.  Topics include arrival to clinical setting/triage, conducting a risk assessment for high-risk or low-risk exposures, use of personal protective equipment, and patient placement and care considerations.
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/checklist-patients-evaluated-us-evd.pdf
Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool

2.     Ebola Preparedness for the U.S. Healthcare System
Source:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Date Published: 09/29/2014
Format: Video or Multimedia
This one-hour webinar discusses a Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness to highlight activities that all hospitals can take to prepare for the possibility of a patient exposed to Ebola arriving for medical care.  The webinar is especially for hospital emergency managers, infection control officers, hospital leadership, and clinical staff.  The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure hospitals are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.  The webinar was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
URL:http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/Pages/ebola-healthcare-webinar.aspx

3.     Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Date Published: 09/26/2014
This four-page document is a checklist intended to enhance collective preparedness and response to the Ebola virus disease by highlighting key areas for U.S. 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.
URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/coalition-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf

4.     Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Date Published: 09/26/2014
This six-page document is a checklist intended to enhance collective preparedness and response to possible Ebola and other infectious disease cases by highlighting key areas for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to review in preparation for encountering and providing medical care to a person with Ebola.  The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure the agency is able to help its personnel detect possible Ebola cases, protect those personnel, and respond appropriately.
URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ems-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf

5.     Template for Public Health Laboratory Risk Assessment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Testing
Source: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)
Date Published: 09/24/2014
This 13-page template is designed to assist laboratories in the development of their risk assessment for Ebola virus disease (EVD).  It may not be an all-encompassing plan as each facility will have its own laboratory specific risk assessment procedures.  It also includes checklists for chemical safety, emergency preparedness, documentation and training, waste management, engineering controls, and at-risk employees; and a laboratory specimens handling log.
URL:http://www.aphl.org/aphlprograms/preparedness-and-response/Documents/APHL-Template.pdf
Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool

6.     Health Care Facility Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Date Published: 09/12/2014
This two-page document is a checklist that highlights some key areas for health care facilities to review in preparation for a person with Ebola virus disease (EVD) arriving for medical care.  In this checklist, health care personnel refers to all persons, paid and unpaid, working in health care settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including body substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, or contaminated air.
URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/healthcare-facility-checklist-for-ebola.pdf?s_cid=cs_3923

7.     Health Care Provider Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Date Published: 09/12/2014
This two-page document is a checklist that highlights some key areas for health care providers to review in preparation for a person with Ebola virus disease (EVD) arriving for medical care.  In this checklist, health care personnel refers to all persons, paid and unpaid, working in health care settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including blood and body fluids, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, and contaminated environmental surfaces.
URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/healthcare-provider-checklist-for-ebola.pdf?s_cid=cs_3923
Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool

8.     Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Date Published: 09/05/2014
This six-page checklist, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, 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 virus diseases arriving at a hospital for medical care.  The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure a hospital is able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.
URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/hospital-checklisk-ebola-preparedness.pdf
Siobhan Champ-Blackwell
DIMRC / NLM

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