Two years ago, West Africa was declared Ebola-free following the 2014 outbreak. New cases are now turning up in the same region and while the international response is more proactive than four years ago, this new outbreak has already spread from rural areas into a densely populated city area, increasing the potential for spread.
So far the outbreak is still small and officials hope to contain it. Unlike the 2014 outbreak, they have promising experimental vaccines in their arsenal this time, which already have proven to be helpful in recent trials.
It is always a good idea to keep ahead of potential threats, and EMS personnel
could again play a large role if Ebola makes it to the United States (PDF, 636 KB) in the future. Agencies should review and update response plans, patient transport protocols, infection control or any other plans that might cover response to a patient with Ebola.
Current guidance: The National Association of State EMS Officials has a list of Ebola-related resources including after-action reports, training, hospital preparedness, EMS checklists, fact sheets for law enforcement, legal issues and much more.
Public Health Emergency provides EMS providers and other healthcare workers to prepare for and treat patients who may be infected.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes transmission, signs
and symptoms, prevention, and treatment of Ebola.
The Journal of Emergency Medical Services published “A First Responder’s
Guide to Ebola” during the last outbreak.
Ensure your personnel are up-to-date on recommended guidance from national level agencies and consider a formal review or in-house training on them.
The article is from EMR-ISAC, The InfoGram, 2018 June 07