New Ebola guidelines for emergency departments published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Published:  27 October, 2014

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Emergency Nurses Association to establish procedures to help emergency personnel evaluate and manage emergency patients suspected of possible Ebola infection.  

The CDC published the new guidelines for emergency departments during ACEP’s annual meeting where experts from across the country are meeting to discuss key issues, including Ebola.

The new guidelines were evaluated and approved by a panel of experts - consisting of emergency physicians and emergency nurses with expertise in infectious disease and disaster preparedness - appointed by ACEP’s president.  They establish consistency for emergency care workers and reflect lessons learned from the recent experiences of U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients.

“It’s critical to protect the emergency medical staff who are on the front lines of caring for patients who may have Ebola,” said Alex Rosenau, MD, FACEP, immediate past president of ACEP.  “They are the ones most at risk for contamination, because they come in direct contact with the patient, as demonstrated by the infections of the nurses in Dallas and the recent case of the emergency physician in New York. On behalf of our 34,000 members, we are so grateful for the recovery of the nurses and we are optimistic that Dr. Spencer will recover as well. ”

The CDC guidelines include advice for:

  • Assessing patients, including those for whom travel histories are unavailable (for example, when patients are unconscious).
  • Putting on (donning) and removing (doffing) of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Managing and isolating patients who may have Ebola.
  • Informing hospital personnel and other authorities about possible infection.
  • Providing direct observation of health care workers during the donning and doffing processes for PPE.

“ACEP’s Ebola panel of experts are dedicated to providing expertise to help emergency care workers and the emergency patients they serve,” said Stephen Cantrill, MD, FACEP, chair of ACEP’s panel. “The new guidelines provided needed direction and drill down on specific situations to safely and effectively manage patients suspected of Ebola.”

  • Operation Florian

Sign up: eMagazine & eNewsletter

The latest issues in your inbox.

Company Profiles

Renka´s Fire Engine No. 1

Firefighting, fast, safe, everywhere. Michael Renka GmbH, based in Germany, is a manufacturer of firefighting vehicles, pumps and rescue equipment.

Waterax - We move water

Trusted by wildland firefighters around the world, WATERAX sets the industry standard by developing innovative, portable fire pumps and water-handling equipment designed to withstand demanding applications and rugged environments.

Big Water Flow for Industrial and Municipal Firefighting Applications

Protecting the lives of the public and firefighters while limiting the structural damage caused in large scale fires is our primary mission

We are committed to improving lives and doing business in the right way

We have a unique mix of capability and culture that we refer to as 3M Science and we strive to develop products that improve people’s daily lives in a multitude of ways.

HazSim - Bringing situational HazMat training to life

HazSim, LLC provides innovative simulation training to ensure your team works safely and effectively. HazSim Pro simulation equipment is in use by hundreds of fire departments, training schools, industrial fire teams, and private trainers across the US, Canada and further afield as well as the US Army.

The ultimate in innovation, quality and service

For 60 years Lehavot has been delivering the world’s most advanced fire detection and suppression automatic systems

Advancing rescue technology

The specialist supplier of quality PPE and Rescue Equipment to Emergency Services.

Revolutionizing fire fighting foam technology

The one-stop resource for fire fighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware.

Trust the best, let us be your foam solution

AUXQUIMIA is a Spanish company whose main activity is the design, manufacture and commercialization of firefighting foam concentrates.

Williams Fire & Hazard Control offers a full line of specialized fire response equipment for oil and gas platforms

From storage tanks and pipeline emergencies to offshore platforms and vessels at sea, Williams' response personnel and specialized equipment quickly address adverse fire emergencies.

The leader in truck-mounted hydraulic platforms

Our mission is to provide the best and the safest solution to professionals that work at height.

If you want quality, you want Zico

Since its inception Ziamatic Corp has provided the men and women of the fire service with products designed to make their jobs safer and easier.

The independent alternative

Dafo Fomtec AB is a privately owned company with head office in Stockholm Sweden and manufacturing in Helsingborg in the south of Sweden.