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CDC Develops EMS Ebola Checklist

Sep 29, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in addition to other federal, state, and local members, aim to increase understanding of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and encourage U.S.-based EMS agencies and systems to prepare for managing patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases. 

Every EMS agency and system, including those that provide non-emergency and/or inter-facility transport, should ensure that their personnel can detect a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola, protect themselves so they can safely care for the patient, and respond in a coordinated fashion. The Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS personnel to review in preparing to care for patients possibly infected with the Ebola virus.

Access the checklist at  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ems-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf