AAOHN Publishes Ebola Resources Guide

Pensacola, Fla. (October 20, 2014) - The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) has announced the availability of an Ebola Resources Guide for nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of worker populations.

As the nation’s largest membership organization for occupational and environmental health nurses who focus on worker protection from injuries and illnesses, prevention of time lost from work and productivity, avoidance of potential health-related job loss and other health liabilities, AAOHN works for its members to provide valuable information to protect themselves and workers around the globe.

Available through the AAOHN website, the Ebola Resources Guide is a collection of links to trusted agencies and organizations providing evidence-based standards of care for workers whose jobs involve activities conducted in an environment that is known or reasonably suspected to be contaminated with Ebola virus (e.g., due to contamination with blood or other potentially infectious material) and workers who have direct contact with individuals with Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF). This could include those employed in healthcare, mortuary/death care, airline servicing industries, pharmaceutical and other research laboratories, immigration and military, humanitarian aid and others.

“We encourage all occupational and environmental health professionals to provide the worker populations they serve with evidence-based information about Ebola, the disease, its transmission and recommended protection for prevention,” said AAOHN President Pam Carter. “The resources AAOHN has compiled can be trusted to provide the most current and objective information regarding Ebola.”

AAOHN also will host a free webinar, “What the OHN Needs to Know About Ebola,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. ET, featuring David Weber, M.D., professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and medical director at UNC Employee Health. The webinar will be recorded and available for download within a few days.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) is a 5,000 member professional association dedicated to advancing the health, safety, and productivity of domestic and global workforces by providing education, research, public policy, and practice resources for occupational and environmental health nurses throughout the United States and the world. These professionals are the largest group of health care providers serving the worksite. AAOHN is comprised of chapter organizations that are incorporated agencies under their state regulations. For more information, visit www.aaohn.org.

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