CHA News Article

CDPH Issues New Ebola Guidance for Outpatient, Ambulatory Care
CHA works with Cal/OSHA on recent employee safety guidance

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) this week issued Ebola guidelines targeted for the outpatient and ambulatory care setting, including but not limited to primary care clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, physician offices and urgent care settings. The guidelines do not apply to emergency departments and/or areas that deliver non-acute outpatient services, such as mental health centers. In addition, CDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have added Mali to the list of West African nations impacted by Ebola and for which a travel history should be obtained on all patients.

The CDPH guidance comes on the heels of Cal/OSHA guidance focused on employee health and safety issues in the inpatient setting as well as the emergency department. CHA has evaluated the Cal/OSHA guidance released last week and identified several concerns related to when powered air-purifying respirators must be used, supply issues, training and other employee safety issues. CHA continues to work with Cal/OSHA and other federal and state agencies with the goal of developing consensus. Hospitals can continue to submit their concerns about the Cal/OSHA guidance through the CHA website.