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EMS Section Resources: Ebola Virus

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Transportation have assembled a variety of resources to assist emergency medical services agencies and other healthcare providers in preparing to care for patients with known and suspected ebola virus disease. All IAFC members should review and implement these recommendations as appropriate.

IAFC Ebola Task Force

The IAFC Ebola Task Force has created several advisories (pdf) to assist departments in establishing a baseline understanding of the Ebola Virus Disease and considerations for responding to a potential Ebola patient. While these advisories provide important basic information, please consider reviewing the information below for a further understanding of the Ebola Virus Disease and recommendations for responses and infection control measures.

Background

Ebola and EV-D68: What EMS Needs to Know (PDF)

Ebola Virus Case Definition

Ebola Medical Profile

Ebola Virus FAQ

Guidance for Ebola Preparedness

Detailed EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness (pdf)

Interim Guidance for EMS Systems and 9-1-1 Answering Points

Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease

Guidance for Ebola Response

Algorithm for 9-1-1 and EMS Management of Suspected Ebola Patients (pdf)

Ebola Virus Disease Screening for EMS (pdf)

Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for Ebola (pdf)

Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease

Interim Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Ebola Virus Disease

Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients

Guidance for Transporting Ebola Contaminated Items

Infection Control Guidance

Ebola Medical Waste Management

Packaging and Handling of Ebola Contaminated Waste

Cleaning and Decontamination of Surfaces in Non-Healthcare Settings (pdf)

Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Ebola

Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control for Ebola Virus

Protections for Healthcare Personnel

Recommendations on Selection and Use of PPE for First Responders (pdf)

Best Practices for Procuring PPE

Guidance on PPE and Donning/Doffing Procedures for Healthcare Workers

Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (pdf)

Tools for Protecting Healthcare Personnel

 

Last Updated: January 9, 2015