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CDC Posts Ebola Training for ED Personnel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted four online training videos to help emergency department (ED) personnel identify, triage, and briefly manage the care of patients who may have Ebola or other highly infectious diseases. The videos build on the CDC’s previously released guidance, which recommends ED personnel follow three steps – identify, isolate, and inform – when managing potential Ebola cases. The CDC continues to stress the need for ED staff to screen all patients with travel histories, exposure, or clinical symptoms that may suggest the patient could have the Ebola virus. Development of the videos was led by Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, with funding awarded by the CDC.

Essential hospitals have been on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in the United States. Join the association for a Feb. 25 webinar exploring staff and patient difficulties, communications challenges, costs, electronic health record considerations, and maintaining future readiness.

Please contact Beth Feldpush, DrPH, senior vice president of policy and advocacy, at bfeldpush@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0111 with any questions.

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Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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