Making Technology Adjustments to ID Ebola Risk
The threat of Ebola virus outbreak is making most hospitals, systems, and clinics reevaluate their capabilities to identify the disease by isolating patients and distributing information to their respective patient population. While the risk of transmission of the virus is minute, containing the disease involves appropriate infection control protocols and fast public health responses to prepare for an outbreak.
MEDHOST is actively engaging our healthcare partners in an effort to help identify patients at risk for Ebola Virus Disease. We have created an Ebola Virus Disease charting choice based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation.
In addition, we created Ebola virus disease screening for PIMS and EDIS. It can be built into your environment and used as part of the patient screening process. If you have any questions and concerns about PIMS and EDIS Ebola screening charting choices, please reach out directly to us.
Ebola – Recommended Administrative and Environmental Controls for Healthcare Facilities by Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations for protecting healthcare workers and preventing spread of Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working closely with the World Health Organization, state, local health departments, clinicians, and other partners to better understand and manage the public health risks posed by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). According to the information provided by the CDC, prevention requires appropriate administrative procedures and safe work practices that must be carried out in appropriate physical settings. These controls include, but are not limited to, guidance on personal protection for healthcare workers during management of patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. hospitals.
- Administering a level infection prevention management system and procedures
- Establishing and implementing triage protocols to effectively identify patients who may have Ebola
- Designating individuals as site managers responsible for overseeing the implementation of precautions for healthcare workers and patient safety
- Identifying critical patient care functions and essential healthcare workers for care of Ebola patients ahead of time
- Ensuring healthcare workers are trained effectively
To read full details about these recommendations and additional information regarding Ebola Virus Disease, please go to CDC Website.