CDC Posts Guidance for Dealing with Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States.

Coordination among PSAPs, the EMS system, healthcare facilities, and the public health system is important for a coordinated response to Ebola. Each 9-1-1 and EMS system should seek the involvement of an EMS medical director to provide appropriate medical oversight. The guidance provided in the CDC document is based on current knowledge of Ebola and is intended for 9-1-1 PSAPs, EMS, and medical first responders, including firefighters. The guidance is not intended to set for mandatory requirements or establish national standards.

Click here to access the guidance document.