MMS has updated its website with new guidance for health care workers related to Ebola Virus Disease from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New guidance from the CDC for Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers treating Ebola patients:
- Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola (Published Oct. 20, 2014)
- Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing) (Published Oct. 20, 2014)
- Clinical Advisory on the Management of Suspected Ebola Virus Cases or Contacts, from the MDPH and the Boston Public Health Commission, and FAQs for Laboratories, from the MDPH State Laboratory Institute.
Both the CDC and MDPH guidance reflect one change to the clinical criteria for a patient under investigation for Ebola Virus Disease having a fever of >100.4 °F. Previous guidance for fever was 101.5°F. (Guidance regarding additional symptoms remains: the patient must also exhibit additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage, AND within the 3 weeks prior to the onset of symptoms, either having contact with the bodily fluids of a patient suspected to have EVD, or having traveled from an EVD-endemic region.)
Links to these resources are available at www.massmed.org/ebola, which is updated as new information and guidance is released.
— Robyn Alie