AHA Ebola Resources
Visit the AHA Ebola Preparedness page for the latest updates.
CDC issues detailed guidance on hospital PPE for Ebola 10/21/2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last night issued enhanced guidance on the recommended personal protective equipment for health care workers entering an Ebola patient’s hospital room. The guidance emphasizes the importance of training, practice, competence and observation of health care workers in the correct donning and removal of PPE selected by the facility. AHA sent a special advisory to all hospitals today with further details.
AHA, nursing groups collaborate to protect patients and hospital workers 10/20/2014
In an AHA Stat blog post yesterday, AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock discussed how hospitals are working to keep staff safe. “The evolution of our knowledge about Ebola, based on the experiences of the brave nurses, doctors and other caregivers who have cared for patients, is leading to better protocols for all hospitals,” he wrote. “Nurses with their expertise are an integral part of putting the best protocols into practice in order to keep our patients and the health care workforce safe. The AHA is urging hospitals to use all the resources at their disposal to ensure that they train their nurses and staff and are drilling again and again on the entire course of care from diagnosis to final waste disposal, using the same equipment on which they will rely in order to safeguard their staff, patients and communities.” Also yesterday, the AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives joined with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and Emergency Nurses Association in urging their members to collaborate in identifying resource and system gaps that have potential to harm patients or caregivers, and work together to put solutions in place to prevent the spread of the disease. The AHA, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association also have pledged to collaborate in the fight against Ebola. For the latest Ebola preparedness resources, visit www.cdc.gov and www.aha.org/ebola.
Emory launches website to share Ebola preparedness protocols 10/21/2014
Emory Healthcare in Atlanta yesterday launched a website to share with other health care organizations its processes and experience on how to provide safe, effective care for patients with Ebola virus disease. The website, which will be updated as more information is available, provides guidance on initial screening of patients at all entry points into hospitals and clinics, as well as detailed protocols including confirmation of diagnosis, treatment, waste management, clinical laboratories, advanced supportive care, potential complications and discharge. The website also includes a detailed description of the components and appropriate use of personal protective equipment, correct methods of donning and doffing, and proper disposal of PPE, the organization said. Emory University Hospital’s Serious Communicable Disease Unit has treated and discharged three patients with Ebola virus disease, and continues to treat a fourth patient who arrived on Oct. 15.