CDC Conference – Ebola

Centers for Disease Control

Approaches to Clinical Management for Patients with Ebola Treated in U.S. Hospitals

 Date:Monday, October 20, 2014

Time:2:00 – 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)

How to Participate:

  • Join early. Line opens 15 minutes before the live call
  • When possible dial in as a group
  • High interest call. If lines reach capacity, listen on demand a few days after the live call

Participate by Phone:

  • 888-455-9766 (U.S. Callers)
  • 773-756-4625 (International Callers)

Passcode:5076538
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PA Mcare Settlement: $200 Million to Be Returned to Physicians and Health Care Providers

Pennsylvania Medical Society

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) and the Hospital and HealthSystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) have settled our litigation with the commonwealth regarding the Mcare Fund – our appeals of prior assessments and the challenge to the transfer of $100 million to the general fund from Mcare in 2009.

Additional Details

PAMED will be holding a member-call in on Oct. 22 at 7 PM. If you would like to dial-in, the toll-free dial-in number is (844) 869-3086. The conference ID number is *16974243*.

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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:

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/healthcare-provider-checklist-for-ebola.pdf

 

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

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ppe-poster.pdf

 

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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Pittsburgh, PA  15212
412-321-5030  FAX 412-321-5323