Important information regarding Ebola: Join Oct. 16 CDC/HHS Ebola call at 1:30 p.m. EDT
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/ :announced that another nurse employed by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola. We are very troubled by this news, and offer our continued support to both nurses who are being treated for Ebola, their families, colleagues and community.
ANA has talked with officials at the CDC and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and relayed specific concerns we have heard from our members. For example:
There are significant differences between the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for Ebola patients. ANA is pressing the CDC to revise current recommendations to align with the more stringent WHO recommendations that are currently used by Doctors Without Borders and other organizations experienced in caring for Ebola patients.
Call with HHS and CDC, Oct. 16:
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and CDC will host a teleconference on Preparing America's Nurses to Safely Care for a Patient with Ebola, tomorrow, Oct. 16. We strongly recommend that ANA members gather together if possible and dial in early, as this call, like the one on Oct. 14, may exceed the capacity.
Conference Call Information:
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT
Audio Dial-in: 1-888-395-7964
We hope many of you can join the call. However, ANA will share updates following the call via its webpage and other communications channels.
We know that some of you were not able to access the Oct. 14 call held by CDC. There was great participation in the call, but it could only accommodate 6,500.
We apologize for the inconvenience and have posted the Preparing for Ebola: http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/ppt/2014/10_14_14_preparing_for_ebola.pdf What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn from Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center presentation on the ANA Ebola Resource webpage: http://nursingworld.org/Ebola-Information.html
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