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Care of the Child with Ebola Virus Disease

You are encouraged to check out a timely and important article entitled “Care of the Child with Ebola Virus Disease,” which appears in the February 2015 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. The article provides clinicians with practical considerations for the care of children with Ebola virus disease in resource-rich settings.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine continues to actively monitor the Ebola outbreak and provide pertinent information to the critical care community. A variety of resources are available at www.sccm.org/disaster.

SCCM Continues to Provide a Variety of Ebola-Related Resources

During the recent annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, late-breaking sessions were held in collaboration with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and featured personal protective equipment (PPE) demonstrations. Content was drawn from SCCM’s Fundamental Disaster Management program. This joint effort was intended to better prepare health professionals who may soon manage the treatment of patients exposed to the Ebola virus.

SCCM continues to actively monitor the Ebola outbreak and will continue to provide pertinent information to the critical care community. A variety of resources are available at www.sccm.org/disaster, including new Ebola guidelines for emergency departments, which were recently published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The guidelines establish consistency for emergency care workers and reflect lessons learned thus far in the fight against Ebola.

SCCM also recently released an iCritical Care podcast in which Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with SCCM President-Elect Craig M. Coopersmith, MD, FCCM, and Jay Varkey, MD, about the Ebola epidemic and how clinicians should be preparing for emerging infections. Dr. Varkey was on a team of clinicians at Emory University Hospital who successfully treated an American missionary and doctor infected with the Ebola virus.

SCCM Pod-242 Preparing for Emerging Infections

Finally, SCCM also recently made available the following Ebola protocols from Baylor Scott & White Health:

Ebola Mandatory Protocol – Screening PPE

Ebola Mandatory Protocol – Observer Role

Ebola Mandatory Protocol – Treatment PPE for Healthcare Worker and Coach

To share valuable Ebola-related resources akin to those enumerated above, visit the Society’s Disaster eCommunity. This forum is an excellent venue offering insight and any recent developments.

New iCritical Care Podcast Centers on Ebola Outbreak

In a recently released iCritical Care podcast, Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) President-Elect Craig M. Coopersmith, MD, FCCM, and Jay Varkey, MD, about the Ebola epidemic and how clinicians should be preparing for emerging infections. Dr. Varkey was on a team of clinicians at Emory University Hospital who successfully treated an American missionary and doctor infected with the Ebola virus.

SCCM Pod-242 Preparing for Emerging Infections

SCCM is monitoring the Ebola outbreak and will continue to provide pertinent information to the critical care community, such as this link to resources and articles centered on the Ebola epidemic recently made available by The New England Journal of Medicine.

Visit www.sccm.org/disaster for additional resources and the latest news related to the Ebola response.

Responding to the Ebola Outbreak

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), together with its non-government organization (NGO) partners, is reaching out to clinical medical personnel to help control and end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Finding experienced healthcare workers to provide clinical services in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — the countries hardest hit by Ebola — remains a significant challenge in the response effort. USAID has created a website to coordinate a volunteer response.  On the site, volunteers may register their interest in going to West Africa to staff clinics and provide healthcare to patients with Ebola. Volunteer information is made available to NGO partners, who will contact volunteers directly about terms of service, clinical opportunities, Ebola safety training, and possible deployment.

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is rapidly worsening. The disease is spreading into densely populated urban areas, and public health leaders from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations are warning that the outbreak is progressing to a generalized epidemic.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine continues to monitor the outbreak and has posted a Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness. Visit www.sccm.org/disaster for resources and news related to the Ebola response.

Exchange Ideas and Resources in SCCM’s Disaster eCommunity

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is poised to respond to natural and man-made disasters and emergencies by providing a variety of resources to the critical care community. One such resource is the Society’s eCommunity, which has a forum dedicated to disaster response.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit this forum to share valuable resources or offer insight on a variety of disaster-related topics, including the recent Ebola outbreak. You can subscribe to the Disaster eCommunity to stay abreast of recent postings.