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CDC Reports First Case of Ebola in U.S.
The first reported case of Ebola in a patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, TX reminds us that all healthcare workers, especially those in emergency departments and EMS, should be alert to patients' recent travel history relative to symptoms. Ebola is contagious if the person is experiencing active symptoms, so it is important to be prepared to take immediate, protective measures for suspected cases.

The CDC provides the following information for healthcare workers and Emergency Departments:
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/index.html
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/evd-screening-criteria.pdf
10-01-14

CDC Health Advisory
The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide awareness of EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute unexplained respiratory illness, and to provide guidance to state health departments and health care providers.
09-17-14

CDC: Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68 - Missouri and Illinois, 2014
In its September 8, 2014 Morbidity/Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC states that health care providers should consider EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute, unexplained severe respiratory illness in children/adolescents; suspected clusters or outbreaks should be reported to local or state health departments. There are no available vaccines or specific treatments for EV-D68, and clinical care is supportive.
09-08-14

Healthcare Resources for Suspected Cases of Ebola Virus Disease
Description: 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) aim to increase understanding and promote preparedness of emergency departments concerning the Ebola hemorrhagic fever, also known as Ebola virus disease (EVD).
08-18-14

Ebola Virus Disease -
Updated Information for Clinicians in U.S. Healthcare Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working closely with the World Health Organization and other partners to better understand and manage the public health risks posed by Ebola virus disease (EVD).
08-12-14

CDC Health Advisory
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) precautions:

Although EVD poses minimal risk to the U.S. general population, the CDC advises that healthcare providers should consider EVD in the differential diagnosis of febrile illness, with compatible symptoms, in any person with recent (within 21 days) travel history in the affected West African countries and consider isolation of patients meeting these criteria, pending diagnostic testing.
07-31-14

TJC Sentinel Event Alert - Preventing infection from the misuse of vials
Thousands of patients have been adversely affected by the misuse of single-dose/single-use and multiple-dose vials. Adverse events caused by this misuse have occurred in both inpatient and outpatient settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC Health Advisory
Guidance to US Clinicians Regarding New WHO Polio Vaccination Requirements for Travel by Residents of and Long-term Visitors to Countries with Active Polio Transmission.
06-02-14

CDC Health Advisory: First case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection confirmed in the United States
05-05-14

FDA Provides Update on Saline Drug Shortage
04-24-14
Intravenous Solution Shortage: Conservation Strategies
(Compiled by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the University of Utah Drug Information Service, March 20, 2014)

FDA approves new hand-held auto-injector to reverse opioid overdose - Press Release 
04-04-14

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is providing a free online course for healthcare workers to better understand the scope and nature of violence against healthcare workers. The course can be found at this link: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence/training_nurses.html

 

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