Monday, October 31, 2016

COCA Call Tomorrow: Zika in the ED: How Emergency Care Staff can Take Action


With the likelihood that the Zika virus will remain a threat in the United States for years to come - and expectation the virus will eventually expand its geographic range beyond South Florida - it is important that Emergency Room staff know how to identify, treat, and report cases.

Tomorrow the CDC will hold a COCA call on precisely these topics.

Although primarily of interest to clinicians, the CDC holds frequent COCA (Clinician Outreach Communication Activity) calls which are designed to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for their practices.

Recorded materials from earlier COCA calls may be accessed at this link.  For those unable to attend this live presentation, it ought to be archived on the website within a few days.

Zika in the ED: How Emergency Care Staff can Take Action

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Participate by Phone:
888-982-4696 (U.S. Callers)
415-228-4940 (International Callers)

Passcode: 1511429

Participate by Webinar:

Monica Escalante Kolbuk, MSN, RN, CEN
Senior Associate, Institute for Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention
Emergency Nurses Association

Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine
American College of Emergency Physicians  


Zika is a mosquito-borne disease currently spreading throughout multiple countries, three US territories, and in two small areas of Miami, FL, in the continental United States. People with Zika may seek care from various healthcare settings, including emergency departments. During this COCA Call, emergency providers will learn critical information about Zika, such as how to identify people at risk for infection either through recent travel or through sex with someone infected with Zika, examine the importance of screening protocols, and understand likely symptoms, such as fever, rash, and conjunctivitis. Additionally, emergency providers will learn key nursing assessment, clinical interventions, and the general process for reporting Zika cases.


  • Outline the importance of screening protocols for Zika.
  • Review nursing assessment and clinical interventions as it relates to Zika.
  • Describe the process for reporting Zika cases.
  • Discuss patient education and discharge teaching for any people who may be at risk for, exposed to, or diagnosed with Zika.

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