As knowledge on Ebola-related safety measures accumulates, this guidance is provisional. This guide focuses on psychological first aid, which involves humane, supportive and practical help to follow human beings suffering serious crisis events. The guidance has been written for people who help others during Ebola virus disease outbreaks.
This comprehensive intermediate level course is for clinicians caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD). Modules provide information on screening and triage, infection prevention and control, laboratory diagnostics, organization of the Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC), clinical care of patients in the ETC, and investigational therapeutic agents.
Learning objectives: By the end of this training course, participants should be able to:
describe screening of patients to identify suspect cases and safely transfer them for ongoing care to an ETC;
understand infection prevention and control strategies: standard and contract precautions and use of personal protective equipment for various contexts;
understand safe waste management and how to perform a safe and dignified burial;
understand how to collect patient samples for Ebola and other laboratory tests;
understand the various Ebola tests available and the importance of other routine laboratory tests for patient management;
understand the structure, functioning, and procedures of an ETC;
understand the main components of clinical management of patients with EVD; and
describe the WHO framework for using investigational therapeutic agents in an outbreak.
Enroll for the course: https://openwho.org/courses/ebola-clinical-management
The BMJ has made all of its articles referring to the Ebola outbreak free to access.
The content includes latest guidance for healthcare workers, which 'will continue to update healthcare workers, outside of west Africa, with the latest guidance from the UK's Health Protection Agency and the US Center for Disease Control'
The purpose of this pocketbook is to provide clear guidance on current best management practices for VHF across health-care facilities
Interim Guidance. This document provides guidance for: screening and triage of pregnant women in the context of an Ebola outbreak; infection prevention and control (IPC) precautions for pregnant women at risk of EVD transmission during childbirth and complication management; management of pregnant EVD cases, contacts and survivors; lactation and Ebola virus disease.
This document provides a summary of infection control recommendations when providing direct and non-direct care to patients with suspected or confirmed Filovirus haemorrhagic fever (HF), including Ebola or Marburg haemorrhagic fevers. These recommendations are interim and will be updated when additional information becomes available.
Interim Recommendation published 19 September 2014. These recommendations reflect current understanding of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and are intended for national laboratory staff performing diagnostic testing to detect Ebola virus.
The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated in support of medical efforts related to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. The Emergency Access Initiative is a col-
laborative partnership between the U.S. National Library of Medicine and participating publishers to provide free access to full text articles from over 650 biomedical serial Titles and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. The free access period is now to December 12, 2014
The latest clinical information about the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of viral haemorrhagic fevers, published in the well-known medical textbook ‘Manson’s Tropical Diseases’, has been made freely available by the publisher.
The chapter is aimed at doctors around the world treating patients with all types of viral haemorrhagic fevers. These include Ebola, Margburg fever, Lassa fever, Lujo haemorrhagic fever, South American haemorrhagic fevers and Bunyavirus diseases including Rift Valley fever and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.
Reproduced from: Farrar J et al. Manson’s Tropical Diseases. 23rd edn. Elsevier; 2014. Chapter 16: Blumberg L et al. Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers. pp. 171-94. © 2014, with permission from Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-7020-5102-9