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Hospitals Called to Action to Prepare for Ebola

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) held a conference call with hospitals and other health care providers, prompting them to establish internal teams and assess their readiness to receive and manage a patient with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus. Yesterday, federal officials announced the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the U.S., heightening the need for hospitals across the nation to be prepared.

To assist hospitals with their planning, CDPH has released a mock Ebola scenario drill and urges hospitals to work with their local health officials to develop policies and procedures. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response have developed a detailed hospital checklist highlighting activities that all hospitals can take to prepare for managing a suspected or confirmed case of Ebola virus. Links to the state and federal resources and guidance are available at www.calhospitalprepare.org/ebola-outbreak. CHA will provide additional Ebola updates through CHA News as they become available.   

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