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Ebola Resources Guide

AAOHN encourages occupational and environmental health nurses (OHN) and other occupational healthcare professionals to provide evidence-based educational information to their worker populations about Ebola, the disease, its transmission and recommended protection for prevention. We recommend that OHNs review their emergency preparedness plans, and if they work in a healthcare setting to review their infection control program and ensure that the mechanisms and policies are in place to protect their workers, should exposure occur.  OHNs with global responsibilities need to pay close attention to the World Health Organization’s Global Alert and Response.

AAOHN is providing you with researched and trusted links to agencies and organizations that are on the front lines, monitoring and setting standards for the care or 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.

In most states, the state health department will have guidance specific to the state.  Use the state name/public health department: Ebola to find out about your state resources and recommendations. 

Even though information on this disease can change daily or even hourly, the links below are some that can be trusted to be updated with current evidence-based information and objective news.

AAOHN members also have exclusive access to sample Ebola policies, procedures and communications that some companies have shared with us. 

Resources from:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

  1. CDC - Premier Resource for Ebola prevention and control recommendations for healthcare workers, laboratory workers, airline workers, and humanitarian workers.
  2. About Ebola Virus Disease…the #1 resources for the latest information about the disease, signs and symptoms, transmission, risk, diagnosis, treatment and communications resources, including audio and video in various languages.
  3. Algorithm for Evaluation of Ebola on Returned Travelers  
  4. Ebola Virus Disease: Information for U.S. Healthcare Workers—a microsite
  5. Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States
  6. Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials
  7. Ebola Update
  8. Facts about Ebola in the United States
  9. Fact Sheet: CDC Taking Active Steps Related to Hospital Preparedness for Ebola Treatment
  10. CDC teleconference: Preparing for Ebola: What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn from Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center  
  11. Employee education posters
  12. Quarantine and Isolation
  13. Questions and Answers on Ebola—general worker information 
  14. Travel and global health

Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA)

  1. General Ebola background, hazard recognition, medical information, standards for protecting workers from ebola
  2. OSHA standards, preambles to final rules, and directives (instructions for compliance officers) that may be applicable in the event of possible worker exposure to the Ebola virus.
  3. Ebola Control and Prevention: OSHA’s requirements and recommendations for protecting workers whose work activities are 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). These general guidelines are not intended to cover workers who have direct contact with individuals with EHF. 
  4. OSHA Fact Sheet: Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces  Guidance for Workers and Employers in Non-Healthcare/Non-Laboratory Settings
  5. OSHA Fact Sheet: PPE Selection Matrix - Ebola  - 11/24/2014

National Institute of Health

  1. Basic information about the virus from MedlinePlus

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

  1. Research, treatments and vaccines

World Health Organization (WHO)

  1. Global Alert and Response (GAR)
    http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/   
    http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/situation-reports/en/ 
  2. Ebola vaccines, therapies, and diagnostics
  3. Facts Sheet: Ebola Virus Disease 
  4. Frequently asked questions on Ebola virus disease

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (ACIP)

  1. Ebola Virus Disease resources and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frequently asked questions safe management of patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in US hospitals.  This resource includes samples of worker education and posters.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  1. Ebola Preparedness Considerations for Outpatient/Ambulatory Care Settings, screening criteria and several easy-to-use employee education pieces
  2. Evidence-Based Planning Guidance for Patient Decontamination

Public Health Agency of Canada 

1. General information, a Pathogen Safety Data Sheet and much more on Ebola

For more information about setting up and managing an Emergency Preparedness plan for your employer, consult: Hart, P. (2014). Emergency Preparedness. In P. Moore & R. Moore (Eds.), Fundamentals of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing: AAOHN Core Curriculum (4th ed., pp. 434-474). Pensacola, FL: American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

Contributions by
Danielle K. Griffin, NP-C
Mary Gene Ryan, MPH, BSN, COHN-S/SM, CSP, FAAOHN