Ebola Resources for Jails and Detention Centers

195.epsResources updated October 23, 2014.


♦  PROTOCOLS

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Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing)
This document provides detailed guidance on the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used and on the processes for donning and doffing (i.e., putting on and removing) PPE for all healthcare workers entering the room of a patient hospitalized with Ebola virus disease (Ebola). The guidance in this document reflects lessons learned from the recent experiences of U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients and emphasizes the importance of training, practice, competence, and observation of healthcare workers in correct donning and doffing of PPE selected by the facility.

Ebola Facts
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has published an Ebola education package for Continuing Medical Education (CME) providers. This two-part package contains information that AHA believes would be useful to health care providers and institutions right now, including an in-depth informational PowerPoint.

FAQ: Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in US Hospitals
In addition to their in-depth PowerPoint listed immediately above, AHA has also published a two-page FAQ from the CDC, which answers any questions that staff may have about the Ebola virus.

Pandemic Incident Response
The purpose of this order from the Lee County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office is to establish a management structure, system, and policy that is to be applied by all corrections personnel in the case of a pandemic medical event.

♦  INTAKE/SCREENING

Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this one-page checklist includes an initial assessment of patient, use of personal protective equipment by medical personnel, patient placement and care considerations, and initial patient management.

Communicable Disease Screening Form
This one-page PDF is a health-screening form used by the Brazos County (Texas) Office of the Sheriff.

Influenza/Ebola/Communicable Disease Screening and Isolation Protocols
This recent Special Order from the Brazos County (Texas) Office of the Sheriff ensures each arrestee is screened at admission for flu/Ebola symptoms and that symptomatic arrestees are proactively masked and isolated to protect employees, visitors, volunteers, and arrestees from the spread of Influenza/Ebola/Communicable Disease.

Ebola Screening in Corrections
The clinical screening informational document developed by the Dallas County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office provides the steps and questions that staff need to ask arrestees.

Ebola Screening Form
Screening form developed by the Dallas County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office.

Ebola Exposure and Risk Assessment Tool
Checklist and assessment form developed by the Riverside County (California) Department of Public Health.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Triage Flow Sheet
Triage flowchart developed by the Riverside County (California) Department of Public Health.

♦  STAFF EDUCATION

The Basics of Ebola
Originally a PowerPoint presentation, this document produced by the Hernando County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office offers a brief by good overview of the virus, exposure/transmission, signs and symptoms, PPE, and standard precautions.

Facts About Ebola in the U.S. (in Spanish)
One-page PDF from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that provides basic information about the transmission of the Ebola virus in graphic form.

Facts About Ebola in the U.S. (in English)
One-page PDF from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that provides basic information about the transmission of the Ebola virus in graphic form.

What You Need To Know About Ebola
Published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this two-page information sheet addresses transmission of the virus, protection, and what do to if exposed.

♦  GENERAL INFORMATION

American Veterinary Medical Association
The death of an international traveler diagnosed in the U.S. as having the Ebola virus disease, coupled with the precautionary measure by Spanish health officials to euthanize the dog of an exposed health care worker, have raised questions and concerns among veterinarians and the public alike.

Facts About Ebola
From the Hernando County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, this one-page “what-to-do” flier is designed primarily for the public, particularly for individuals who may be from the affected parts of West Africa or who recently traveled there.

Smithsonian Magazine: “The Hunt for Ebola”
This article from Smithsonian Magazine recounts the race to Uganda by a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just days after an outbreak of the killer virus to try to pinpoint exactly how it is transmitted to humans.

World Health Organization
Technical and general information about the Ebola virus disease on a global scale, including situation assessments, reports, related news.