Considerations for safe EMS transport of patients infected with ebola virus

John J. Lowe, Katelyn C. Jelden, Paul J. Schenarts, Lloyd E. Rupp, Kingdon J. Hawes, Benjamin M. Tysor, Raymond G. Swansiger, Shelly S. Schwedhelm, Philip W. Smith, Shawn G. Gibbs

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Abstract

The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit through the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, recently received patients with confirmed Ebola virus from West Africa. The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and Omaha Fire Department's emergency medical services (EMS) coordinated patient transportation from airport to the high-level isolation unit. Transportation of these highly infectious patients capitalized on over 8 years of meticulous planning and rigorous infection control training to ensure the safety of transport personnel as well as the community during transport. Although these transports occurred with advanced notice and after confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) diagnosis, approaches and key lessons acquired through this effort will advance the ability of any EMS provider to safely transport a confirmed or suspected patient with EVD. Three critical areas have been identified from our experience: ambulance preparation, appropriate selection and use of personal protective equipment, and environmental decontamination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
JournalPrehospital Emergency Care
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

Keywords

  • EMS
  • Ebola
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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