Sunday, December 14, 2014

COCA Call Dec 15th: EMS & Ebola – Transporting Patients



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Although there are some hopeful signs of progress in the fight against Ebola – at least in some regions of West Africa – the potential for having infected individuals arrive in this country will likely persist for many months to come. While we’ve seen a good deal of training information already for hospitals and emergency rooms, it is often falls to the local EMS system to make first contact with a symptomatic Ebola patient. 


Tomorrow the CDC will hold what I expect will be a well attended COCA call dedicated to EMS transporting of suspected or confirmed Ebola patients.  For those unable to listen in live – or if attendance exceeds system capacity – this presentation will be archived for later viewing.  


The PDF slide presentation for tomorrow’s call  can be downloaded in advance.   Full details can be found at the following link.


Date:Monday, December 15, 2014

Time:2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

How to Participate:

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

Join By Phone:

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


Join by Live Audio Web Streaming:(Listen only)

Access on Demand: Call materials (slides, audio, and transcript) will be posted to this webpage a few days after the live call


Drew E. Dawson
Office of Emergency Medical Services
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
US Department of Transportation
Alexander Isakov, MD, MPH
Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
John J. Lowe, PhD
Associate Director of Research
Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit
University of Nebraska Medical Center
P.J. Schenarts, MD, FACS
Professor & Vice Chairman of Surgery
Chief of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care & Emergency Surgery
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Medical Director, Omaha Fire EMS


Healthcare systems across the United States are actively preparing to treat patients with Ebola. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) play an important role in the identification, assessment, and transportation of suspected or confirmed patients with Ebola. As designated treatment facilities, Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have received patients with confirmed Ebola. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the field experiences of EMS personnel in the two jurisdictions and discuss unique planning considerations for EMS.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Discuss the unique field experiences of EMS personnel in two jurisdictions who transported patients with Ebola.
  • Describe training, equipment, policy, and procedural considerations related to Ebola for EMS personnel.
  • Identify partners to include in planning for the transport of patients suspected or confirmed to have Ebola.

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Audio conference call on 12/15/14: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 12/15/14
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

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While 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.  For those who may have missed them, some earlier Ebola-related COCA calls (now archived and available online) include:

COCA Call : Caring For Ebola Patients – A Nursing Perspective
COCA Call: Approaches to Clinical Management for Patients with Ebola
Hospital Ebola Preparedness COCA Call Now Online
CDC COCA Call: Ebola Preparations For Hospitals - Transcript & Audio

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