The world is experiencing viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks, including Ebola – so it’s imperative that we have a preparedness plan should individuals infected with these diseases enter your healthcare facility. The National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) was developed by three institutions (Emory University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine and the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, Bellevue) that have experience treating patients with Ebola virus disease to offer training, preparation, and expertise to help facilities around the nation prepare for Ebola and other special pathogens.
What is a Special Pathogen?
According to the CDC, a special pathogen is a highly infectious agent capable of producing severe disease in humans. Patients infected with special pathogens should preferentially be treated and contained in biocontainment units (BCU).
What is Ebola?
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly disease most commonly affecting people and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). It was first discovered in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is currently experiencing an uncontained epidemic. This special pathogen is believed to be animal-borne with bats being the most likely reservoir in nature.
What causes Ebola and how does it spread?
EVD spreads through contact with the bodily fluids of a person infected with the virus. It can spread when a person touches the infected body fluids including through sexual contact.
How do we contain Ebola Virus Disease?
It’s important to avoid coming into contact with a sick patient’s blood and other bodily fluids, including urine, feces, saliva, sweat, vomit, breast milk, semen, and vaginal fluids. If you’re a healthcare professional treating a patient, you must wear appropriate personal protective equipment and develop proper standard operating procedures for cleaning up these bodily fluids. If you’re traveling to an area experiencing an outbreak, monitor for symptoms for 21 days after possible exposure and seek medical care if symptoms develop.
If you’re assessing an ill traveler in your emergency department, be sure to follow proper procedures for evaluating a person under investigation (PUI).
How can NETEC help you prepare for Ebola & Other Special Pathogens?
Request a Readiness Consultation
NETEC offers free, on-site readiness consultations to assist Regional Ebola and other Special Pathogen Treatment Centers, state-designated Ebola Treatment Centers and Assessment facilities in validating facility capabilities related to effective management of Ebola and other special pathogen events. You may request a consultation through our Readiness Consultation Form.
Attend an Educational Workshop
We offer several opportunities to attend a hands-on, real-world training through our Emerging Infectious Disease Workshop and simulation courses throughout the year. These workshops provide information and tools on the many aspects of managing and maintaining the readiness of a facility and public health partners responsible for monitoring, assessing and/or treating patients with Ebola and other special pathogens. We offer leadership, clinician, EMS/Prehospital and Lab tracks to cater to various healthcare professionals.
Take an Online Course
If you’re unable to travel, or eager to learn more, we offer online courses via the NETEC eLearning Center. You may earn continuing education credits for each course.