• A Message from Marcia Faller, RN, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer at AMN Healthcare:

    At AMN Healthcare we believe in the constancy and dedication of America’s healthcare workforce, even in the face of new threats. We take very seriously our responsibility to you, our clinicians and physicians in providing you with the most current information possible about the occurrences of patients with Ebola Viral Disease in the U.S. The most important thing that you, as a healthcare provider, can do is Be Informed. Participate in any and all educational opportunities at the work site and take these educational programs very seriously. If you have not been offered on-site education for both patient identification and management, and the use of personal protective equipment; then assertively request it.

    AMN has compiled information, provided here, from the government and other credible sources, related to the current status of Ebola in the United States. Please bookmark this page as we will be providing daily updates as new information is available.

    Please let me know what others ways AMN may be of assistance to you. 

    Marcia Faller Signature

    Marcia Faller, RN, Ph.D.,
    Chief Clinical Officer, 
    AMN Healthcare 


  • Updates as of 10.28.2014, 11:30 AM

     

    1. The CDC released updated guidance on 10.27.2014 regarding the monitoring of people, especially healthcare workers, who may have been in contact with Ebola. The guidance seeks to establish better defined risk levels, in addition to limiting movement or activities to help prevent the spread of the disease. The new guidance can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/fs1027-monitoring-symptoms-controlling-movement.pdf
    2. Nurse Amber Vinson is declared Ebola-free and is going home today. She is speaking to the press soon.
    3. Researchers from the New England Journal of Medicine believe they have found “Ebola Patient Zero.” They have identified a 2-year old boy from a village in Guinea as the first patient to contract Ebola about a year ago. The full story can be found here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/28/health/ebola-patient-zero/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
    4. Nurse Kaci Hickox who was isolated outside of a New Jersey hospital after working as a nurse in West Africa has been released from quarantine after tests returned negative for Ebola.
    5. A 5 year-old boy currently admitted at New York’s Bellevue Hospital remains in isolation, but initial tests are negative for Ebola. He had spent a month in West Africa and developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. 

     


    Updates as of 10/24/2014, 12:00pm PSTExpand

    1. Dr. Craig Spencer, a physician on staff at NYP/Columbia Medical Center, has tested positive for Ebola on 10/23/2014. Spencer recently returned from Guinea where he was helping to treat patients with Ebola disease as a member of Doctors Without Borders. Spencer was self-monitoring for symptoms since his return. Immediately after developing a  fever, he notified Doctors Without Borders and they worked with the health department to activate NYC’s Ebola response plan. Spencer was carefully transported to Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital Center and immediately placed in isolation. NY State has designated 8 medical facilities in NYC to care for patients with Ebola, and staff is well trained and well prepared. The CDC is sending a team to Bellevue Hospital Center today. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is confident in the city’s response to Dr. Spencer’s case of Ebola, and cites there is no need for New Yorkers to be alarmed. See additional details here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/24/health/new-york-ebola-timeline/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
    2. Nurse Nina Pham has been declared free of Ebola disease. NIH officials are set to deliver more details about her discharge plan later today. 

    Upcoming CE Opportunity for Nurses:

    Lessons Learned From Texas: How You Can Help With the Ebola Threat 
    Hosted by the Texas Nurses Association and Texas Organization for Nurse Executives in partnership with the American Nurses Association

    • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    • Earn 1.5 CE contact hours

    1:00 p.m.-2:30 pm EDT | 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. CDT | 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. PDT

    Registration is open here: http://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=876407&sessionid=1&key=0CFA0456213478871C0F3045B4DA70DC&sourcepage=register

    Updates as of 10/22/2014, 8:30am PST: Expand  

     

    1. The ANA announced via email they were pleased with the CDC’s response to their requests for updated guidelines for PPE and care of the patient with Ebola. They stated they felt the CDC considered and incorporated all of the ANA’s concerns into their newest guidelines.
    2. The CDC posted a great resource for healthcare workers to help identify possible Ebola infections on their website. Check out the link here: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/could-it-be-ebola.pdf.
    3. See the transcript from the ANA’s call with the CDC here: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/t1020-ebola-reponse-update.html
    4. AMN has continued to receive updates from our client facilities on their internal screening plans and Ebola training for healthcare workers.

     

     

    Updates as of 10/21/2014, 8:30am PST: Expand  

    • The CDC has released updated protocols and guidance for caring for a patient with Ebola Monday night. These protocols specifically surround the use of PPE and how to properly take it on and off.  
    • The key points of the new guidelines include that every healthcare worker caring for a patient with Ebola should have specific training and competency in the proper use of PPE, no skin should be exposed, and trained observers should monitor PPE donning and doffing every time. The guidelines also highlight things such as disinfecting PPE prior to removal as indicated, and showering recommendations for caregivers after PPE is removed.  
    • The updated guidelines can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/  
    • A fact sheet is also available here:  http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/fs1020-ebola-personal-protective-equipment.html 
    • Researchers are hopeful a vaccine to prevent Ebola infection may be ready for clinical trials in Africa as soon as January (source MSNBC).  
    • An additional person has been released from surveillance monitoring after having contact with Thomas Eric Duncan and is designated as Ebola free.  
    • Nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian spoke out about their confidence in their health system and their determination to regain trust from the communities they serve. Read their story here: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Nurses-Speak-Texas-Health-Presbyterian-Ebola-279819072.html 

     

    Update as of 10/20/2014, 8:00am PST:Expand

    • President Obama appointed Ron Klain, former Chief of Staff to two former Vice Presidents, as “Ebola Czar” on Friday* 
    • Klain is currently assembling the U.S.’s Ebola “Quick Strike” team. This will likely be 5 doctors, 20 nurses, and 5 trainers that will be trained to treat and deal w/ Ebola. This team will deploy within 72 hours of any new cases identified within the U.S. They will be the “boots on the ground” in the U.S.* 
    • Nigeria and Senegal have now been declared “Ebola free”* 
    • 43 of the 48 people that disease investigators had identified as having contact with Eric Thomas Duncan are now released from monitoring and are Ebola free, including 5 children and Mr. Duncan’s fiancé* 
    • The healthcare worker who was quarantined on the cruise ship near Belize is now also released from quarantine, off the ship, and blood tests are negative for Ebola. This person was never symptomatic* 
    • A C.N.A. in Spain who contracted the disease is also now cleared* 
    • According to an email from the A.N.A., they are still pushing the CDC for clear cut guidelines on handling patients with Ebola 

    * Data from CNN


    For the most up-to-date information on Ebola, please visit the CDC’s website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
    For more specific questions: 1-800-CDC-INFO