EBOLA GUIDANCE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

Local Ebola Update: December 10, 2014

 

ECDOH Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and John Adolf, Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Medical Services, recommend that all Erie County first responders follow:

An important mesage from ECDOH Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Medical Services, John Adolf to all EMS agencies dated October 17, 2014 can be found here:

All suspect EVD cases should be reported immediately by telephone to the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) Epidemiology and Surveillance Office at (716) 858-7697 during normal business hours and (716) 961-7898 after hours, weekends, and holidays.

Key points for first responders:

  • The likelihood of contracting Ebola is extremely low unless a person has direct unprotected contact with the blood or body fluids (like urine, saliva, feces, vomit, sweat, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola or direct handling of bats or nonhuman primates from areas with Ebola outbreaks.
  • When risk of Ebola is elevated in their community, it is important for PSAPs to question callers about:
    • Residence in, or travel to, a country where an Ebola outbreak is occurring;
    • Signs and symptoms of Ebola (such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea); and
    • Other risk factors, like having touched someone who is sick with Ebola.
    • PSAPS should tell EMS personnel this information before they get to the location so they can put on the correct personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • EMS staff should check for symptoms and risk factors for Ebola. Staff should notify the receiving healthcare facility in advance when they are bringing a patient with suspected Ebola, so that proper infection control precautions can be taken.

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