The Effects Of Policies Regarding Evaluation And Management Of The Ebola Virus Disease

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A Coordinated Response: The Effect of Policies Regarding Evaluation and Management of
Possible Ebola Patients in the Emergency Department
In March 2014, the Ministry of Health in Guinea notified the Africa Regional Office of the World Health Organization of a new outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease [EVD]. As of December 2, 2014, this recent Ebola outbreak has seen 10,708 confirmed infections and 6,055 deaths, with the hardest hit countries being West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014a). The World Health Organization officially called the West African Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] is in charge of the federal response to infectious disease outbreaks in the United States. Many acute care facilities have trained staff in their emergency departments to screen and prepare to treat potential Ebola patients in accordance with CDC guidelines. This paper will discuss how a local hospital emergency room has used CDC guidelines to develop policies and procedures to manage patients with known or suspected EVD, and protect its workers from exposure to the virus.
Review of Literature
The response to the West African Ebola outbreak has been monitored by the World Health Organization. The first case of Ebola in the United States [U.S.] was confirmed on September 30, 2014. Thomas Eric Duncan has traveled to Dallas from Liberia…

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