U.S. CDC, DoD Announce Measures To Improve Responses To Domestic Ebola Cases

News outlets report the U.S. CDC and Department of Defense have announced measures to improve responses to potential domestic Ebola cases.

The Hill: Feds tighten rules for Ebola care at hospitals
“Federal health officials are tightening the rules for Ebola care after facing a storm of criticism over the way patients were handled at a hospital in Dallas…” (Ferris, 10/20).

New York Times: CDC Issues New Guidelines for Ebola Care
“Federal officials announced new guidelines on Monday evening for the protection of hospital workers caring for patients infected with Ebola — guidelines that might have prevented the infection of two nurses had they been in place a month ago…” (McNeil, 10/20).

Reuters: Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols
“The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected…” (Driver/Garza, 10/21).

Washington Post: CDC issues formal guidelines giving workers more protection against Ebola
“…The beefed-up guidelines also call for health care workers to undergo rigorous training, and to be supervised by trained monitors when putting on and taking off personal protective equipment. The government will issue step-by-step instructions for workers to follow in doing that…” (Sun/Berman, 10/20).

The Hill: Pentagon preps Ebola team for response to cases in U.S.
“The U.S. military is readying a 30-person team for Ebola response inside the U.S., the Defense Department said on Sunday…” (Barron-Lopez, 10/19).

Politico: DOD to train Ebola team for U.S.
“…In a statement, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had instructed the chief of U.S. Northern Command to prepare and train the team of ’20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease, and five trainers in infectious disease protocols’…” (Censer, 10/19).

Washington Post: Pentagon plans Ebola domestic-response team of medical experts to aid doctors
“…The announcement came as federal health officials tried to calm the nerves of Americans rattled by Ebola’s arrival on U.S. soil…” (Kane/Nutt, 10/19).

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