Sunday, November 23, 2014

COCA Call Monday: Caring For Ebola Patients – A Nursing Perspective



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While the United States is currently `Ebola-free’, that is a status that is unlikely to persist in the long run.  Additional Ebola cases will undoubtedly be evacuated to US facilities, and as we’ve already seen twice, infected individuals can also arrive in this country unaware that they have been infected.


While the US response wasn’t always perfect, it is nonetheless reassuring that neither unplanned introduction of the virus led to infections in the general public, and that our public health system was able to track, monitor, and manage hundreds of potential contacts.


As specialist treatment units like Emory University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center gain more experience, they continue to share it with others (see earlier CDC COCA Call : What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory & UNMC On Ebola).  Tomorrow afternoon, the CDC will present a new COCA Call presenting clinical management experiences of nurses who have worked with Ebola patients both at UNMC and Emory University.


Primarily of interest to clinicians and healthcare providers, COCA (Clinician Outreach Communication Activity) calls are designed to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for their practices.



Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective


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Date: Monday, November 24, 2014

Time:2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Participate by Phone:

  • 888-972-6898 (U.S. Callers)
  • 630-395-0194 (International Callers)


Join by Live Audio Web Streaming: (Listen only)


Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Clinical Team Member
Ebola Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nurse Leaders
Emory Healthcare
Atlanta, Georgia

Nurse Leaders
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska


Health care organizations across the country are preparing to respond to the possibility of Ebola cases in their communities. Several U.S. hospitals have treated patients with the disease and can provide important information to other health care workers related to personal protective equipment, staffing models, and critical care nursing. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the clinical management experiences of nurses who cared for patients with Ebola at Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center.

Call Materials

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