CDC Takes Steps Toward Hospital Preparedness for Ebola
(HealthDay News) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sent new resources to Dallas to support the highest standard of infection control, according to a news release issued by the organization Tuesday.
An initial team of 10 public health professionals was sent by the CDC on September 30 to support contact tracing and response after the first U.S.-diagnosed patient was hospitalized with Ebola in Dallas. The CDC has now deployed a second team of 16 to Dallas to assist the hospital in infection control. These team members join two CDC officials who were assisting the hospital previously.
The CDC reports that strict infection control is critical to stopping chains of transmission. "Standard infection control practices in U.S. health care facilities apply to the safe management of patients with Ebola, but must be adhered to rigorously and meticulously. Hospitals should have staff practice the procedures and practice using the protective garb in advance," according to the news release.
The CDC is providing opportunities for U.S. health care providers to receive additional training and to get questions answered from CDC experts. Updates on these events are available here.