The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals, interprofessional teams, and those working in allied health disciplines, an overview of the clinical features, modes of transmission, epidemic potential, and important public health measures required for control of Ebola virus disease outbreaks. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Outline the characteristics and transmission of Ebola viruses.
2. Describe the pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of Ebola virus disease (EVD).
3. Identify a potential case of EVD on the basis of clinical and epidemiologic considerations.
4. Develop a patient management plan that includes supportive care, critical care and/or transfer to a referral hospital designated for this purpose.
5. Describe the African Ebola epidemic and its potential impact on global public health.
6. Discuss the implications for foreign travel and potential for introduction of Ebola into the United States.
7. In the event of a known or suspect case, design a strategy for supportive care, patient isolation, and protection of healthcare workers, utilizing contact precautions appropriate for the nature and severity of illness
8. Discuss the steps to be taken if a breach in isolation protocol results in exposure of a healthcare worker to Ebola.
9. Evaluate and discuss the importance of proper specimen collection, environmental hygiene, handling of human remains, and management of visitors in the control of EVD.
This 4-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.