First responders need to know how to appropriately respond to a suspected or known case of Ebola. Staff and representatives from theFederal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide guidance on handling the deadly virus.
The CDC has posted the 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 online.
The guidance is based on current knowledge of Ebola and is not intended to set forth mandatory requirements or establish national standards. The likelihood of contracting the deadly disease is extremely low unless a person comes into direct contact with the body or bodily fluids of an infected person. Coordination of PSAPs, EMS system, healthcare facilities, and the public health system is important for an effective response to Ebola. Each 911and EMS system should seek the involvement of an EMS medical director to provide appropriate medical oversight.
FICEMS includes representatives from across the government. The group’s mission is to is to ensure coordination among Federal agencies involved with State, local, tribal, and regional emergency medical services and 9-1-1 systems.