Statement on the Ebola Epidemic
(October 28, 2014)
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. The recent announcement of transmission of Ebola from a patient to two health care workers in the United States brings home the message that as health care providers in North America we can be effected by the events in West Africa. As the Voice for Excellence in Canadian Critical Care Nursing, we want to provide you with information that we hope will be helpful to you and your colleagues.
CACCN is working directly with the Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS), the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infection Disease (AMMID) to help develop National Critical Care Nursing Guidelines for patients diagnosed with the Ebola Virus. You can be assured that CACCN will advocate vigorously for accurate information, appropriate resources and support for you to take care of yourselves while providing the best care to your potential patients.
We urge you to be as informed as possible and to utilize the information available with the expectation that as new information and understandings are uncovered recommendations may evolve.
- World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/en/
- Public Health Agency of Canada: What Health Professionals Need to Know
- CCCS, CAEP and AMMID - initialEbola Clinical Care Guidelines for Clinicians
- American Medical Association: Ebola Resources
- Centre for Disease Control US: Resources for Healthcare Workers
We called upon our members to be collaborative and proactively engage with leadership in your organizations to ensure the frontline nursing perspective is an active part of planning, preparation and the evaluation of system readiness. Thank you for all you do every day to provide excellent care to Canada’s most fragile and vulnerable patients.