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Ebola Webinars and More

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Webinar:  Ebola Preparedness and Response:  What Every Nurse Needs to Know!

American Nurses Association (ANA)

Tuesday, October 28th / 1:00 pm (ET)

ANA has brought together a panel of health care experts to discuss what every nurse needs to know to be prepared to protect themselves from contracting Ebola while providing quality patient care.  This 90-minute webinar will cover topics designed to ensure that you and your organization are ready.  Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

Webinar:  Lessons Learned from Texas:  How You Can Help with the Ebola Threat

Texas Nurses Association / Texas Organization for Executive Nurses / American Nurses Association

Thursday, October 30th / 1:00 pm (ET)

The state of Texas was thrust into the national spotlight when it treated the first case of Ebola in the U.S. at the end of September.  The city of Dallas had to quickly mobilize and determine how to best support all health care workers, hospitals and other care facilities while planning for the real possibility that more patients with Ebola would present themselves.  This webinar will highlight what nurses need to know to effectively handle Ebola cases, including chief nursing officer preparation, critical resource mobilization, balanced communications, and practical application of new processes and procedures.  Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

FDA 2014 Ebola Virus Emergency Use Authorizations for Testing Assays

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) to authorize the emergency use of testing assays in the 2014 Ebola outbreak.  The FDA provides access to letters of authorization, fact sheets for healthcare providers and patients, and labeling document for each EUA.  This website is updated as additional EUA’s are released:

The EAUs along with additional documents from the FDA can be found in Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health:[]=128

Information Specialists Vital to the Ebola Effort

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is documenting staff efforts in the fight against Ebola through a blog series “Profiles in Courage.”  The October 24th entry focuses on two Information Officers (IO) who “compile, collate and verify all the information about the U.S. Government’s Ebola response efforts and the crisis at large.”  This blog entry discusses the critical role that information is playing in the response efforts, and describes the work of the two IOs:

Updated CDC Guidance

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals
(this guidance was updated 18 Oct 2014)

Though these recommendations focus on the hospital setting, the recommendations for personal protective equipment (PPE) and environmental infection control measures are applicable to any healthcare setting. In this guidance healthcare personnel (HCP) refers all persons, paid and unpaid, working in healthcare settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including body substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, or aerosols generated during certain medical procedures.

The CDC is developing NEW PPE recommendations & as soon as they are published they will be pushed out.


Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U. S. Hospitals and Mortuaries
(updated 8 Oct 2014)

Ebola Medical Waste Management
(updated 11 Oct 2014)

Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in U.S. Hospitals
(updated 15 Oct 2014)

Travel Grants to CDC for Ebola Safety Training

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Travel Grants to Healthcare Workers Attending CDC Ebola Safety Training Courses

ISID (International Society for Infectious Diseases) is deeply concerned about the tragic outbreak of Ebola virus disease currently occurring in West Africa. In response to this crisis, ISID is offering travel grants to individuals who are attending one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety training courses to be prepared to work in an Ebola treatment unit in West Africa. The 3-day courses will take place at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL. The courses are open to healthcare workers from all over the world. The first course starts on Oct 6, 2014. Courses are free, but participants are responsible for paying for their own travel to the course in Alabama. The courses will help prepare healthcare personnel to provide medical care to Ebola patients in an Ebola Treatment Unit that has been established and is staffed by MSF personnel, or in a facility that maintains MSF standards of care, or in an Ebola Treatment Unit established and staffed by WHO personnel.

ISID Travel Grants of $500 each will be awarded to U.S. residents and $1000 to residents of other countries.

When and where will the course be held?

The 3-day course will run most weeks, usually Monday thru Wednesday, at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama, a 90-minute drive from Atlanta, GA. Sessions will begin on October 6, 2014. The course will be suspended during weeks containing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day holidays; it may be suspended intermittently to revise course content and delivery.  Depending on demand, the course may be offered for longer than 3 months.

For more information about the CDC training course, see:

Ebola Information for Children and Families

Monday, October 27th, 2014

HHS Administration for Children and Families has released Ebola: Planning Considerations for Human Services Programs.  You can get this resource at

NLM Launches Web Collecting Initiative to Capture and Preserve Selected Ebola-Related Content

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a Web collecting initiative to capture and preserve selected born-digital content documenting the 2014 Ebola outbreak. This initiative is a part of its previously-announced Web content collecting effort, which is guided by the NLM Collection Development Manual and other strategic collecting efforts. Initiated on October 1, 2014, selected content related to the current Ebola outbreak includes Web sites and social media from Government and non-government organizations, journalists, healthcare workers, and scientists in the United States and around the world, with an aim to collect and preserve a diversity of perspectives on this unfolding health crisis.

The content is part of the NLM’s broader Web collection on “Global Health Events.” The NLM will continue to develop, review, describe, and add content to the collection, as it also expands its overall capacity to collect Web content. With this initiative NLM has taken a major new step in its mission to collect pertinent health care information of today for the benefit of research in the future. Increasingly, that information is found on the Web, which is a rapidly changing environment where valuable and interesting materials can surface and then quickly disappear!

Post-Superstorm Sandy Summit

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Additional Ebola-Related Information

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Webinar: Ebola Preparedness for Healthcare Coalitions

Please join the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a webinar for healthcare coalitions on Ebola preparedness. Please share this invite widely with your members.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

3:30 to 4:30 pm EDT

***Updated information on accessing this webinar is available at

The purpose of this webinar will be to review a Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness  developed by ASPR and CDC to highlight activities that all healthcare coalitions can take to prepare for the possibility of a patient exposed to Ebola arriving for medical care. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure healthcare coalition members are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.

In addition, this webinar will provide an education training session for healthcare coalitions related to some of the key issues currently facing U.S. hospitals. Topics to be addressed include lessons learned from Dallas, an overview of updated personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations, PPE considerations (including proper putting on, removal, and disposal of PPE), and considerations for managing staffing concerns.

An Inquiry Form has been developed for the purpose of obtaining questions that you would like us to address during this webinar. Please note that we will not be able to address all received questions during the webinar.

Please note that a video will be made available and placed at for your reference.

****In an effort to maximize availability of call-in lines, please consider joining this webinar with multiple colleagues on one line.


From CDC: Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola


Webinar: The Ebola Crisis: What it Means for West African and the World

Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Monday, October 27th 1:00 – 5:00pm ET

This multi-disciplinary dialogue will focus on how best to curb the epidemic, understand its impacts, particularly in terms of bioethical and sustainability implications, and mitigate future high-fatality events.


NLM Launches Web Collecting Initiative to Capture and Preserve Selected Ebola-Related Content

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a Web collecting initiative to capture and preserve selected born-digital content documenting the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Initiated on October 1, 2014, selected content related to the current Ebola outbreak includes Web sites and social media from government and non-government organizations, journalists, healthcare workers, and scientists in the United States and around the world, with an aim to collect and preserve a diversity of perspectives on this unfolding health crisis.


Disaster Distress Hotline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides access to the Disaster Distress Hotline 24/7, year round for crisis counseling and support. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster, and Ebola is no exception. If you are feeling overwhelmed due to this outbreak, call 1-800-985-5990 for assistance, which is available to anyone affected by the outbreak, including health workers and other responders.

Ebola Webinars and Resources

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola (Call with HHS)

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

HHS Intergovernmental and External Affairs


Monday, October 20 / 1 – 2 PM (ET)

Following the call, please check this page for a transcript and audio file of this call.

Hospital executives, emergency management directors and safety officers across the United States are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.


Dial In Information:

Toll Free – 888-395-7964

Participant Code – 9622268


A live webstream of this call is available at


Approaches to Clinical Management for Patients with Ebola Treated in U.S. Hospitals

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014

Time: 2 – 3:30 pm (ET)

How to Participate: Registration is not required.


  • Join early.
  • Line opens 15 minutes before the live call.
  • When possible dial in as a group.
  • High interest call.
  • If lines reach capacity, access on demand a few days after the live call.


Participate by Phone:

  • 888-455-9766(U.S. Callers)
  • Passcode: 5076538


Participate by Live Audio Web Streaming: Listen only.


Access on Demand:

Call materials (audio and transcript) will be posted to the webpage a few days after the live call.



The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. A small number of patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been medically evacuated from West Africa to receive care in U.S. hospitals. The first imported case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled from West Africa to Dallas, Texas and two secondary Ebola cases in healthcare workers have been identified as of October 14, 2014. CDC and our partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola by sharing information with clinicians who may provide care for patients with EVD. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn the clinical features and complications associated with Ebola and recommendations from Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center on clinical management of patients with EVD.




Tim Uyeki, MD, MPH, MPP

Clinical Team Lead

CDC Ebola Response


Diana Florescu, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist

Section on Infectious Diseases

University of Nebraska Medical Center


  1. Marshall Lyon III MD, MMSc

Associate Professor

Division of Infectious Diseases

Emory University School of Medicine

Webcast: Research Priorities to Inform Public Health and Medical Practice for Domestic Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): A Workshop

Institute of Medicine

Monday November 3rd / 8:30 am (ET)

An ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine in collaboration with the National Research Council will organize a one-day workshop that will explore potential research priorities arising as a result of the emergence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States. The workshop will focus primarily on basic science and environmental health research issues of specific concern to affected and potentially affected U.S. communities

Information about the workshop:

Register for the In-Person Meeting or Webcast:

Journal Article: Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine

Cynthia Love, Stacey Arnesen, Steven Phillips

This article, published in a special edition of “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness” (DMPHP) journal, provides a review and summary of the information that the National Library of Medicine is providing in response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak, including access to the published literature, “grey literature”, genetic variance, and social  media. The special edition on Ebola focuses providing operational and policy level information to improve outcomes and decision making for all providers preparing for and responding to the outbreak, and all  full text articles are free.

Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine:

Find additional articles from the special edition:

Disaster Health Information Resources: On the Road to Specialization

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

UNYOC Annual Meeting CE

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 / 1 – 5 pm (ET)

Disaster Health Information Resources: On the Road to Specialization

Instructor: Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator for the NN/LM MAR

Meeting the demand for Ebola information has been challenging. This class will be a great way to learn where to find quality and reliable information to meet the needs of your healthcare professionals and community. Infectious disease is not usually considered a health disaster but we know the Ebola virus is not a normal virus.

The Regional Medical Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region is rolling out training for the Disaster Information Specialist Program. We are offering you an opportunity to combine the content of Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics and Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device for 4.0 MLA CEUs by attending this session.

Participants are encouraged to bring their smartphones, iPads or some type of device that you can use to access the internet and mobile apps. This is an interactive class with an emphasis on searching the resources covered in the class. This course is open to anyone –not just librarians!

For more information or questions contact Michelle Burda: and

Emergency Access Initiative for Ebola

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

John Wiley & Sons will provide free access to biomedical literature in support of the Ebola outbreak relief efforts in West Africa, aiding responders across the affected population.

As part of this initiative, Wiley is partnering with the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), which includes the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.

EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters. The free access period in response to the Ebola crisis is currently Free access period: August 12, 2014 – November, 14, 2014. Access to over 175 medical and scientific journals includes The Cochrane Library, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Microbiology and Immunology, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

For further information or questions regarding EAI resources, please email, or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or +1-301-594-5983 internationally.

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