As fears about Ebola rise in the U.S., we must be prepared to respond, whether to answer patients’ questions or to detect an infected patient. The following information provides an overview of how to prevent the spread of Ebola through proper communication, staff training, and patient care.
Individuals infected with the Ebola virus can become sick quickly, so early recognition and rapid response are important. Because the symptoms of Ebola virus disease are nonspecific, it is important for you and your staff to have a heightened awareness of the possibility of Ebola.
If you see a patient who has had a potential exposure to the Ebola virus within the past 21 days, follow these procedures:
The CDC website has many resources for physicians and other healthcare workers. The CDC’s main emergency operations center hotline number is (770) 488-7100. It is staffed 24 hours a day.
Visit FamilyDoctor.org for accurate, easy-to-read information on the Ebola virus disease for your patients.