The CDC has released interim guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems and 9-1-1 public safety answering points for the management of patients with known or suspected Ebola virus in the United States. View this document for important guidance about the transfer of patients, infection control, use of personal protective equipment, cleaning of transport vehicles, reporting measures, and more.
Additionally, CDC and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response have released the Detailed EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness. This checklist is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS personnel to review in preparation for encountering and providing medical care to a person with Ebola. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure the agency is able to help its personnel detect possible Ebola cases, protect those personnel, and respond appropriately. Review the checklist now.