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ebolaUPDATE! On October 28, 2014, the Lord Fairfax EMS Council has released a guidance document along with screening guidelines to assist EMS agencies within the region to draft and revise current SOPs to address the possible transport of a patient suspected to have Ebola. Because of the fluid nature of this situation, both documents will be reviewed daily and revised as new guidance from the VA Dept. of Health and the CDC is made available. 

 

 

Ebola Guidelines for LFEMS updated 12162014

Ebola Screening Guidelines in LFEMS Council Region

 

On August 6, 2014 members of the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) [also known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever] is one of the world’s most virulent diseases and is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions. In light of the first diagnosed case of Ebola Virus Disease in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released information and guidance for managers of 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), EMS Agencies, EMS systems, law enforcement agencies and fire service agencies as well as individual emergency medical services providers including emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, and medical first responders, such as law enforcement and fire service personnel.

This guidance is designed to assist first responders of all type detect and identify suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Please see the following CDC, VDH, & OEMS links for more information: