Ebola: Resources for Hospitals and the Public

State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy provided an interview which focused on the effect of Ebola and long-term preparedness and readiness planning in Washington State. Click here for more information.

The continuing news of Ebola virus disease has brought new focus to the question of infection identification and control within the hospital setting.

Ensuring that Ebola and other similar diseases are controlled is a high priority for every hospital in the state, and we are working hard to be prepared. Hospital workers are trained and drilled on identifying and controlling all infectious diseases, and while we know we can’t anticipate everything that might happen, we’re working in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to be prepared to identify and treat a patient with Ebola virus disease.

We are also working with other health care organization such as the Washington State Medical Association and the Washington State Nurses Association to step up our preparedness activities. Infection control is a team effort that requires everyone to be vigilant and to take care of each other. This responsibility lies on everyone’s shoulders.

Hospitals are strongly urged to use the CDC screening criteria for Ebola and avail themselves of all other CDC and DOH resources.

The public is critical to this effort: If you must travel to the affected areas, take precautions (CDC travel advisory here).

If you have recently traveled to a country experiencing an Ebola outbreak, and you or anyone in your travel group gets a fever, headache, or joint and muscle aches within three weeks of returning from your trip, the DOH says:

  • Call your healthcare provider right away. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an affected area. They will let you know if you need to come in.
  • Tell your doctor what activities you were involved in and if you had contact with anyone suspected of having or diagnosed with Ebola.          

Resources for Hospitals

 

Updated Guidance on PPE

Washington State Department of Health (DOH), WSHA

In addition to Ebola-specific training and equipment, it is important that all health care providers always follow standard protocols, including around hand-washing.

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Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Public Health - Seattle and King County

U.S. Department of Transportation

American Hospital Association

 Emory Health Care

Resources for the Public

Washington State DOH: You and Your Family, Facts About Ebola

Washington State DOH: Ebola fact sheet (available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Ukrainian and Vietnamese)

CDC Communication Resources

CDC Travel Advisory

Contact

Carol Wagner
(206) 577-1831