EBOLA: Our environmental awareness regarding our surroundings

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Editor’s Note:

As healthcare professionals, even though we are unlikely to come into direct contact with ebola patients, it is nevertheless incumbent upon us to at least be slightly prepared.

Our environmental awareness regarding our surroundings and contamination issues (sterile technique etc-), is much more refined than most other specialties in the medical community.  It is far easier for us to recognize a breach in sterility, or technique- as well as the converse- contamination and avoiding it.

So here are some links that may or may-not prove useful to you.

My sincerest regards-

Frank

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As part of a comprehensive and coordinated response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, CDC is proving an introductory training course for licensed clinicians (e.g., nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers) intending to work in an Ebola treatment units in Africa. This course will take place in the United States.

The primary purpose of the course is to ensure that clinicians intending to provide medical care to patients with Ebola have sufficient knowledge of the disease and its transmission routes to work safely and efficiently in a well-designed ETU. This course is the first step in preparing clinicians to work independently in an ETU. It is strongly recommended that, after completing this training, clinicians receive mentoring and coaching in an ETU designated for such training in an affected country, only then progressing to fully independent work in an ETU. The CDC course contains information from similar courses developed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and is primarily designed to provide training for persons intending to deploy urgently in response to the current Ebola outbreak.

Learn more about the course: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/safety-training-course/index.html

Criteria for admission to the course: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/safety-training-course/criteria-admission.html

Sample course syllabus: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/syllabus-safety-training-course.pdf

The course will be held at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, AL, a 90-minute drive from Atlanta, GA (http://cdp.dhs.gov/).

Please contact eocevent276@cdc.gov to request information on registration, or for other information on this course.

For more information about how to be a medical volunteer for the Ebola outbreak, please see USAID’s website: http://www.usaid.gov/ebola/volunteers

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