Abstract

The care of patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) requires the application of critical care medicine principles under conditions of stringent infection control precautions. The care of patients with EVD requires a number of elements in terms of physical layout, personal protective apparel, and other equipment. Provision of care is demanding in terms of depth of staff and training. The key to safely providing such care is a system that brings many valuable skills to the table, and allows communication between these individuals. We present our approach to leadership structure and function - a variation of incident command - in providing care to 3 patients with EVD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-446
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

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Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
Patient Care
Critical Care
Infection Control
Communication
Medicine
Equipment and Supplies

Keywords

  • Biocontainment
  • Incident command
  • Leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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Planning and response to Ebola virus disease : An integrated approach. / Smith, Philip W.; Boulter, Kathleen C.; Hewlett, Angela L; Kratochvil, Christopher J; Beam, Elizabeth L; Gibbs, Shawn G.; Lowe, John-Martin J; Schwedhelm, Michelle M.

In: American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 43, No. 5, 01.05.2015, p. 441-446.

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