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Health Care Facility Special Pathogen Preparedness Checklist


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Health Care Facility Special Pathogen Preparedness Checklist


On September 20, 2022, the Uganda Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization confirmed a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Mubende district of Uganda in West Africa. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory on October 6, 2022, urging U.S. health care providers to be alert and prepared to evaluate patients suspected of having EVD, particularly among people who have recently traveled to affected areas in Uganda. All health care facilities are part of the frontline defense against the spread of disease, as patients will seek care in emergency departments, urgent care centers and clinics. Health care facility preparedness to care for patients with a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) is essential to prevent transmission to staff, other patients and our communities.

In response to this serious situation, NETEC developed the Health care Facility Special Pathogen Checklist as a VHF planning tool for all health care facilities to assess their readiness to identify, isolate, inform, and provide initial treatment for patients suspected or confirmed to have a VHF. This checklist is intended to guide facilities through a review of their immediate care capabilities and provide resources to assist in the resolution of preparedness gaps it reveals.

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