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Ebola Screening Criteria for EMS

Oct 01, 2014

In light of the recent domestic case of confirmed Ebola, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), encourage the entire emergency care community to take steps to ensure that they are able to protect, detect, and respond. Specifically, that screening criteria is placed in all emergency departments, ambulances, and other “first contact” locations.

Every healthcare organization should ensure it can detect a patient with Ebola, protect healthcare workers so they can safely care for the patient, and respond in a coordinated fashion. In order to assist with screening and detection of persons with the signs, symptoms, and travel history consistent with exposure to Ebola, we have developed Ebola Virus Disease screening criteria for emergency departments and for EMS.

View Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) screening criteria >>

View EMS checklist for Ebola preparedness >>

Update: Ebola interim guidance for EMS >>

 

Additional resources are available at the CDC’s Ebola website