Ebola Resources & Update

Ebola Update from the
Allegheny County Health Departmentachd

The Allegheny County Health Department, in conjunction with the PA Department of Health and the CDC, would like to ensure that all providers are up-to-date on Ebola screening recommendations.  The following paragraph is an excerpt  from CDC’s Health Advisory:

 Early recognition is critical to controlling the spread of Ebola virus. Consequently, healthcare personnel should elicit the patient's travel history and consider the possibility of Ebola in patients who present with fever, myalgia, severe headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or unexplained bleeding or bruising. Should the patient report a history of recent travel to one of the affected West African countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea) and exhibit such symptoms, immediate action should be taken. The Ebola algorithm for the evaluation of a returned traveler and the checklist for evaluation of a patient being evaluated for Ebola are available at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ebola-algorithm.pdf and  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/checklist-patients-evaluated-us-evd.pdf.  Patients in whom a diagnosis of Ebola is being considered should be isolated in a single room (with a private bathroom), and healthcare personnel should follow standard, contact, and droplet precautions, including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Infection control personnel and the local health department should be immediately contacted for consultation.

CDC has developed a checklist for health care providers to ensure they are prepared to identify and care for Ebola patients:



CDC has also designed a poster providing guidance on donning and removing appropriate PPE:



All providers who suspect Ebola in an Allegheny County resident or at an Allegheny County facility should call the Allegheny County Health Department immediately at 412-687-2243  to discuss testing and infection control measures.


Kristen Mertz, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist
Allegheny County Health Department



Resources from the US Dept of Health & Human Services  cdc


The following are updated guidance documents available:


CDC/ASPR Checklists:


Webinar Recording Available on Ebola Preparedness for U.S. Health Care System

A recording of a recent webinar hosted by ASPR and CDC on Ebola Preparedness for the U.S. health care system is now available for viewing. The webinar focused on the Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness, which highlights the activities that all hospitals can take to prepare for the possibility of a patient exposed to Ebola arriving for medical care. This information is especially useful for hospital emergency managers, infection control officers, hospital leadership, and clinical staff. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure hospitals can detect possible Ebola cases, protect their employees, and respond appropriately.


CDC and ASPR encourage you to visit the CDC Ebola website for the most updated information on the 2014 Ebola response and to share this information with your colleagues and networks.

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Michael Cassidy named ACMS counsel


Michael A. Cassidy
Tucker Arensberg, P.C.

The Allegheny County Medical Society is pleased to announce that Michael A. Cassidy has been appointed as Society Counsel.

Mr. Cassidy’s practice focuses on representing physicians and other healthcare providers in all issues relating to the business of health care.  He is the publisher of the Med Law Blog (www.medlawblog.com), the firm’s health law blog, and has been certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA).

Cassidy earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

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Medical Student Career Night

Details and Volunteer Information

Details and Volunteer Information

The University of Pittsburgh’s medical student AMA chapter is hosting a “Career Night” with support from the Allegheny County Medical Society and the University of  Pittsburgh School of Medicine!  The event will be heldThursday, October 30th at a NEW location:  O’Hara Student Center (4024 O’Hara St. Pittsburgh, PA  15213).

 This is a perfect opportunity to share your medical career experiences and insights with 1st and 2nd year medical students. As you recall, most medical students have questions about different medical career options and will benefit from your first-hand knowledge.

The evening event is very popular with over 100 aspiring, eager medical students attending. A casual dinner is provided, followed by roundtable-by-specialty discussions.

We are also asking practicing physicians to mentor students by allowing the students to ‘shadow’ them for a day at a later time.  If you agree to be contacted for arranging a shadowing opportunity, ACMS will pass your name along to the respective interest groups to add to their shadowing database for follow-up.

We appreciate your attention to this opportunity to mentor future physicians.  Please let us know if you will be joining us no later than Thursday, October 23rd.

Additional Details & Volunteer Information

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