Ebola Virus – Healthcare Workers

Healthcare Workers

 

CDC has developed guidance for:

Standard, contact, and droplet precautions, including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), are recommended for management of hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola. Healthcare workers are advised to be alert for signs and symptoms of Ebola in symptomatic patients who have travelled within 21 days to countries where the outbreak is occurring.

Ebola

Laboratory workers and other healthcare personnel who collect or handle infectious specimens should follow established procedures that match the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standardexternal icon, which includes guidance on handling blood and other potentially infectious materials.

For current information for healthcare workers, visit the CDC Ebola Healthcare Workers webpage.

Healthcare Workers Providing Care in the United States

Guidance

Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals

Identify, Isolate, Inform: Emergency Department Evaluation and Management for Patients Who Present with Possible Ebola Virus Disease

Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing)

Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Patients with Suspected Infection with Ebola Virus Disease

Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus

Recommendations for Safely Performing Acute Hemodialysis in Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals

Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U.S. Hospitals and Mortuaries

Ebola Medical Waste Management

Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure

Additional Resources

Factsheet: Healthcare Workers – Could it be Ebola?pdf icon

When Caring for Suspect or Confirmed Patients with Ebola

Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals

Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparednesspdf icon

Healthcare Workers Providing Care in Africa

CDC Safety Training Course for Healthcare Workers Going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Interim Guidance for Healthcare Workers Providing Care in West African Countries Affected by the Ebola Outbreak: Limiting Heat Burden While Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Poster: Prevent Heat Related Illness – Wearing PPE Increases Your Risk for Heat-related Illnessespdf icon

Limiting Heat Burden While Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Training Slides for Healthcare Workers and Site Coordinatorspdf icon

CDC Infection Control for Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers in the African Health Care Setting

CDC Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers: Infection Control Posters for the African Health Care Setting

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Care of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Filovirus Haemorrhagic Fever in Health-Care Settings, with Focus on Ebolapdf iconexternal icon 

CDC Non-U.S. Healthcare Settings

Laboratory Workers

Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Patients with Suspected Infection with Ebola Virus Disease

How U.S. Clinical Laboratories Can Safely Manage Specimens from Persons Under Investigation for Ebola Virus Disease

Interim Guidance Regarding Compliance with Select Agent Regulations for Laboratories Handling Patient Specimens that are Known or Suspected to Contain Ebola Virus

Emergency Medical Service Workers

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

Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Exposure to Ebola Virus Disease Exposure

Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparednesspdf icon

Ebola Virus Disease Screening Criteria for EMSpdf icon

Air Medical Transport Workers

Guidance on Air Medical Transport for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease

Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Exposure to Ebola Virus Disease Exposure

Funeral and Mortuary Workers

Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U. S. Hospitals and Mortuaries

Page last reviewed: October 31, 2014