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Checklist for healthcare coalitions for Ebola preparedness
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; United States. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. ;
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    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in addition to other federal, state, and local members, aim to increase understanding of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and encourage community-level preparedness for U.S. Healthcare Coalitions1 and their members in managing patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases. We are encouraging healthcare coalitions to work with their members to ensure they can detect, protect, and respond to a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola. Many of the signs and symptoms of Ebola are non-specific and similar to those of other common infectious diseases such as malaria, which is commonly seen in West Africa. Transmission of Ebola can be prevented by using appropriate infection control measures.

    This checklist is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for 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.

    Now is the time to prepare as it is possible that individuals with Ebola in West Africa may travel to the United States and exhibit signs and symptoms of Ebola, and present to U.S. facilities.

    Healthcare coalitions should encourage their members to review infection control policies and procedures, and suggest that their members incorporate plans for administrative, environmental, and communication measures. Healthcare coalitions should also define, along with their members, work practices that will be required to detect persons possibly infected with Ebola or other infectious germs; prevent spread throughout the community; and manage the impact on patients, healthcare facilities, and staff.

    The checklist format is not intended to set forth mandatory requirements or establish national standards. It is a list of activities that can help each healthcare coalition member prepare. Each healthcarecoalitionisdifferentandshouldadaptthischecklisttomeettheirneeds. Inthis checklist, healthcare personnel refers to all persons, paid and unpaid, working in healthcare settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including body fluids (blood, urine, feces, semen, sweat, etc.), contaminated medical supplies and equipment, or contaminated environmental surfaces.

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