The second reported case of Ebola in the U.S. today has put first responders around the nation on heightened alert, including hospital workers, firefighters, emergency management personnel / EMTs and law enforcement. Agencies are scrambling to train workers on how to protect themselves and the public from contracting Ebola, but it is unclear if first responders are truly getting the message and if they’re ready to respond to Ebola outbreaks.
Public agencies say they are continually monitoring developments with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are relaying information and protocol guidelines to all medical facilities and first responders via its Ebola Virus Disease website. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Public Health Emergency website also includes Ebola advisories, alerts and other relevant information.
But are first responders prepared for quarantine procedures needed to care for an Ebola patient? Is there a plan in place to deploy and track emergency personnel responding to an Ebola breakout? Mission Manager – based on preparation, readiness and execution – is uniquely designed to address these information challenges and much more. Mission Manager ensures first responders remain crisis-ready so they can make the right decisions, quickly and effectively.
The cloud-based tool not only serves as a team-based operational environment for daily tasks – such as maintaining equipment and organizing training and PR events – but it also allows administrators to obtain, manage and share critical information during missions. All this is possible with the software’s robust personnel and asset management capabilities, which give incident commanders instant access to the data they need to deploy the right people with the right resources – at a moment’s notice.
In terms of information-sharing, Mission Manager’s document field can serve as a repository for mission-specific forms and documents. In the case of Ebola, the following links and documents will help ensure your members are armed with critical information when dealing with potential outbreaks:
- Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States
- Top 10 Ebola Response Planning Tips: Ebola Readiness Self-Assessment for State and Local Public Health Officials
- Sequence for Putting on and Removing Personal Protective (PPE) Equipment
- Guidance for the Selection and Use of PPE in Healthcare Settings [49 pages]
- Ebola: New Interventions
- AABB (Appendix 2)
- CDC EVD website
- CDC’s Epi-X system
- CDC HANs
- CDC COCA website
- Advice for Humanitarian Aid Workers Traveling to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone during the Ebola Outbreak
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