News of the Ebola virus breakout in West Africa has been headlining all weekend and most of you are probably aware of what is happening. Although, the CDC indicates that the Ebola virus does not pose much risk to people in the United States, it is important that healthcare workers be aware of key information about this virus such as the signs and symptoms, how it is transmitted, incubation periods, how to prevent spread, etc. We recommend that staff be in-serviced on this virus since it is uncommon yet high risk, especially the Emergency Departments and Emergency Response Services. In addition, make sure to query patients regarding recent travel outside of the United States.
|Stacie Jenkins, RN, MSN
Director of Clinical Risk Management
|Barbara Voinche’, RN, CPHRM
Senior Risk Consultant