Health centers are critical partners in the containment of communicable diseases like Ebola. As a health care provider, you want to assure your community that you are providing safe care, protecting both patients and staff members.
To stay updated on this important topic, please review the information below and visit the clinical page on Ebola from the National Association of Community Health Centers.
- Review useful resources from the Centers for Disease Control. Materials include an Ebola checklist for health care providers, an evaluation process for patients who might have Ebola, guidance for monitoring and movement of potential Ebola patients, an Ebola Q&A and much more. Walk through these documents and talk as a CHC staff about what to do if a patient presents Ebola symptoms. Respect the rights of each patient, and be prepared to handle any likely situation effectively.
- Review the Oregon Public Health Division's Ebola page, Ebola screening criteria and preparedness guidelines, interim Ebola monitoring plan and frequently asked questions sheet.
- Be aware that the Bureau of Primary Health Care plans to reach out to clinics that have higher numbers of patients from West African countries.
- Remember that so far, very few Ebola cases have been confirmed in the U.S. A suspected case in Oregon in October 2014 turned out to be a false alarm.
- Keep in mind that vaccines are being developed internationally.