Parental Presence at the Bedside of a Child with Suspected Ebola

An Expert Discussion

Cynthia F. Hinton, Herbert Dele Davies, Susan N. Hocevar, Steven E. Krug, Aaron M. Milstone, Leonard Ortmann, Cynthia H. Cassell, Georgina Peacock, Stephanie E. Griese

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Abstract

The Ebola virus disease (Ebola) outbreak in West Africa (2014-2015) prompted domestic planning to address the scenario in which a traveler imports Ebola into the United States. Parental presence at the bedside of a child with suspected or confirmed Ebola emerged as a challenging issue for pediatric health care providers and public health practitioners. At the heart of the issue was the balance of family-centered care and appropriate infection control, which are not easily aligned in the setting of Ebola. In the following dialogue, pediatricians, who participated in discussions about parental presence during the evaluation of pediatric persons under investigation, and a public health ethicist discuss the interplay between family-centered care and appropriate infection control. Reaching a balance between the 2 ideals is difficult and may require the facility and providers to engage in a deliberate conversation to determine how they will handle parental presence for such high-risk scenarios, including Ebola and other high-consequence pathogens, in their institution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Bioethics
  • Ebola virus disease
  • Family centered care
  • Infection control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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Parental Presence at the Bedside of a Child with Suspected Ebola : An Expert Discussion. / Hinton, Cynthia F.; Davies, Herbert Dele; Hocevar, Susan N.; Krug, Steven E.; Milstone, Aaron M.; Ortmann, Leonard; Cassell, Cynthia H.; Peacock, Georgina; Griese, Stephanie E.

In: Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Vol. 17, No. 1, 01.03.2016, p. 81-86.

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Hinton, CF, Davies, HD, Hocevar, SN, Krug, SE, Milstone, AM, Ortmann, L, Cassell, CH, Peacock, G & Griese, SE 2016, 'Parental Presence at the Bedside of a Child with Suspected Ebola: An Expert Discussion', Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 81-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpem.2016.01.002
Hinton, Cynthia F. ; Davies, Herbert Dele ; Hocevar, Susan N. ; Krug, Steven E. ; Milstone, Aaron M. ; Ortmann, Leonard ; Cassell, Cynthia H. ; Peacock, Georgina ; Griese, Stephanie E. / Parental Presence at the Bedside of a Child with Suspected Ebola : An Expert Discussion. In: Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 2016 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 81-86.
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