Ebola: Resources for Hospitals and the Public
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
- Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing)
- CDC Ebola Personal Protective Equipment Factsheet
- VIDEO Donning and Doffing of PPE for Ebola Isolation Units North Carolina Preferred Guidance
- VIDEO Ebola: Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Medscape
Washington State Department of Health (DOH), WSHA
- NEW! DOH News Release - November 17 - Ebola Preparedness Continues in Washington Hospitals
- Slides from November 6 Training Webinar
- Recording from November 6 Training Webinar
- HIPAA, Washington State Law and Ebola: What Front-line Health Care Workers Need to Know
- Updated recommendations for triaging and evaluating patients with possible Ebola virus disease - November 3 letter from DOH, WSMA, WSHA, and WSNA.
- Ebola Precaution Signage
- DOH Oct 30 Notice: Wastewater and Ebola
- Main DOH website for Ebola
- September 16 Memo to Hospitals: Infection Control and Triage
- Slides from October 13 Webinar
- Recording of October 13 Webinar
- Washington State Nurses Association
- Washington State Medical Association
In addition to Ebola-specific training and equipment, it is important that all health care providers always follow standard protocols, including around hand-washing.
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)
- Ambulatory Guidance
- CDC Website for Ebola (includes the two documents below, further clinical guidance, and more)
- CDC Information for Health Care Workers and Settings (includes the two documents below, further clinical guidance, and more- updated daily)
- Screening Criteria for Ebola (CDC)
- Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness (CDC)
- Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1
Public Health - Seattle and King County
U.S. Department of Transportation
- Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (DOT Guidance on the Transport of Ebola-Contaminated Waste for Disposal)
American Hospital Association
- American Hospital Association Readiness Advisory (October 13)
- American Hospital Association Advisory/WSHA News (October 2)
Emory Health Care
Resources for the Public
Washington State DOH: Ebola fact sheet (available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Ukrainian and Vietnamese)