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October 23, 2019

Healthcare Worker News and Information

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Who this is for: Hospital infection control, occupational health systems, and facility medical waste managers and personnel

What this is for: To provide detailed step by step procedures for use with the CDC guidance on Ebola-Associated Waste Management.

Key Points

The safe handling and in-hospital management of waste generated through the care of patients with Ebola is based on three main principles.

  1. 1. Safe containment and packaging of waste should be performed as close as possible to the point of generation. Staff should avoid opening containers to manipulate the waste after primary containment.
  2. 2. Limit the number of personnel entering the Ebola patient care area and those handling generated waste before and after primary containment.
  3. 3. Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and procedures for handling waste until onsite inactivation or transport away from the hospital for offsite inactivation. Read more.

Acute healthcare facilities can serve one of three roles:

  1. Frontline healthcare facilities
  2. Ebola assessment hospitals
  3. Ebola treatment centers.

To create a coordinated, networked approach, state and local health officials, in collaboration with hospital and healthcare facility executives, may designate healthcare facilities across the state to serve as one of these three suggested roles. Read more...

Since the issuance of the CDC guidance, there has been a sudden increase in demand for PPE. Across the U.S., availability for these products varies by product type and model, requested quantity, manufacturer, distributor, and geographic region. Read more about options for obtaining PPE. 

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 unit (ETU)in Africa.This course will take place in the United States. Read more.....

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to increase Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplies to assist U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients. Products are being configured into 50 kits that can be rapidly delivered to hospitals. Each kit can provide the PPE needed by clinical teams to manage the care of one Ebola patient for up to five days. Read more....

Who this is for: Healthcare providers working in emergency departments and labor and delivery units in U.S. hospitals.

What this is for: Guidance on how to screen pregnant women for Ebola virus disease (Ebola) and how to care for pregnant women with known or suspected Ebola, including considerations for pregnant healthcare workers.

How to use: This guidance is intended to help U.S. hospitals develop a plan for screening and treating pregnant women with known or suspected Ebola.  

To read more, click here. 

The Idaho Preparedness Weekly Update is published each Monday with information on State and Public Health District activities to prepare for a possible Ebola case. Read the latest report here

Idaho has a Health Alert Network (HAN) to rapidly deliver time-critical, health-related information when a health threat is identified. Important information is emailed or faxed to hospitals, clinics, physicians and other appropriate healthcare providers. This is a voluntary system--to learn more and register, please click here.

The International Society for Infectious Diseases is offering travel grants to individuals attending the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola safety training courses being held in Anniston, Alabama.  Licensed clinicians that have been admitted to the class and have plans to deploy to West Africa are eligible. Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis and distributed until funds are depleted. For more information and to apply for funds, visit:

The CDC has developed a series of videos to step you through the process for correctly putting on and taking off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The videos let you select the type of respirator you will use, along with a gown or coverall option. Click here to watch.

Idaho public health agencies support the revised CDC guidance for monitoring people with potential Ebola exposure, which would include volunteer healthcare workers returning from West Africa. Click here for the current guidelines. 

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