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Welcome to the VAVRS Infection Control Resource Page 

On this page you will find information and sample documents intended to assist you in addressing your Infection Control needs. The VAVRS offers these as a follow up resource to your Designated Infection Control Officer (DICO) training.

We will update this page on a regular basis with news, announcements and other pertinent information regarding Infection Control for Emergency Services providers and agencies.

The information provided here is offered to the general public by OSHA, CDC, NIOSH, Fire Administration, APIC, VAOEMS and the VAVRS and are posted on this page for your ease of use. Please note that the information contained in this website is for general information purposes only.  The links/documents are posted by the VAVRS and whilst we endeavor to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the information, products, services or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose.

Regulations state that anyone acting as the DICO for a VA licensed EMS agency must attended an approved infection control training program prior to assuming their duties as the DICO . The VAVRS Designated Infection Control Officer class is one of the Office of EMS approved training programs.  If you have questions regarding the requirements of a DICO you may visit the VA Office of EMS website.

If your agency is interested in hosting a VAVRS IDC Basic or DICO class, please contact the VAVRS state office at vavrs@vavrs.com or by phone at 800-833-0602.

Please see the update of OEMS activities regarding Ebola and providing direction and guidance to our EMS Providers, EMS agencies and the statewide EMS System.

CLICK HERE for a link to OEMS Website for Messages from the State Health Commissioner - Infectious Disease Update

 This link also provides the following information:

 Algorithm for evaluating travelers for EVD

 Sequence for putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

 Memo from Department of Health and Human Resources-Healthcare Resources for Suspected Cases of Ebola Virus Disease

 Ebola Information for EMS Providers - Information provided by the Office of Emergency Medical Services

 Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPS) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States

 Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness (ASPR and CDC guidance)

 Guidance on Air Medical Transport for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease (CDC)

 Message from the State Health Commissioner to the EMS Community - Ebola Virus Update - October 3, 2014

 OEMS has provided this information through our social media and portals

 EBOLA INFORMATION FOR EMS PROVIDERS

 From Karen Wagner, VAVRS IDC Coordinator

  

Printable version of the information that follows.

 On August 6, 2014, members of the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) also known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is one of the world’s most virulent diseases and is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions. The WHO has announced a cumulative total of 1,779 suspected and confirmed cases of EVD throughout Africa with 961 deaths to date. Although no human illness has ever been acquired or transmitted in the Unites States, there is potential for EMS providers to come in contact with the virus through infected people who have returned from or been exposed to individuals returning from the regions of concern.

 Symptoms occur abruptly and include:

* Early: sudden high fever, headache, chills, muscle aches

* Late: skin rash, followed by nausea, vomiting, chest pain, sore throat, abdominal pain, diarrhea, bleeding inside and outside of the body

*Symptoms become increasingly severe; may include jaundice, severe weight loss, mental confusion, shock, multi-organ failure

 Incubation period ranges from 2-21 days; 8-10 days is most common. The disease is not communicable until the patient begins exhibiting signs and symptoms of the illness.

 If the patient is exhibiting symptoms consistent with Ebola, especially if there is also fever, providers should ask if the patient has recently traveled or been in contact with anyone who has traveled to or through West Africa during the previous 21 days, particularly the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

 As with other viruses and possible communicable diseases, when caring for patients suspected of exhibiting signs of the Ebola virus, providers need to practice meticulous Body Substance Isolation (BSI) procedures which should include but may not be limited to:

* Proper and often hand washing with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

* Proper wearing and disposing of exam gloves when caring for patient

* Changing of gloves between patient

* Use of gowns, masks and eye protection if exposure to bodily fluid is evident or suspected

* Limiting use of needles and other sharps

* Avoiding aerosol generating procedures, if possible

* Proper handling and disposal of sharps

* Cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and vehicles after patient care including thorough cleaning of all surfaces in the ambulance using a bleach solution, and the cleaning of all equipment with a bleach solution and or alcohol-based equipment cleaner. BE SURE TO WEAR RUBBER GLOVES FOR YOUR PROTECTION WHEN CLEANING.

* Consider washing all squad uniforms at the squad/station and leaving all uniform parts including boots at the squad for protection of family members

* Leave all disposable equipment that is used, including gloves, masks, gowns, eye protection, sharps, etc. at the ED in proper containers for proper disposal.

If you need additional guidance on BSI procedures or the use of BSI equipment, you may contact the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Office of Emergency Medical Services, Division of Emergency Operations or Division of Education and Development.

 Suspected cases of Ebola must be reported to the VDH local health departments immediately for follow-up. If you think that you have been exposed to Ebola virus or exhibit any of the above symptoms you should advise the hospital caregivers, contact your healthcare provider and your public health office.

 Early identification of symptoms and implementation of proper body substance control measures are key factors in preventing further transmission of this virus.

 To find out more information about Ebola virus, visit

 CDC - Ebola

 World Health Organization Statement

 If you click on the date above you can view a page that will list the most recent changes to our site.

 On this page you will find information and sample documents intended to assist you in addressing your Infection Control needs. The VAVRS offers these as a follow up resource to your Designated Infection Control Officer (DICO) training.

 We will update this page on a regular basis with news, announcements and other pertinent information regarding Infection Control for Emergency Services providers and agencies.

 The information provided here is offered to the general public by OSHA, CDC, NIOSH, Fire Administration, APIC, VAOEMS and the VAVRS and are posted on this page for your ease of use. Please note that the information contained in this website is for general information purposes only.

 The links/documents are posted by the VAVRS and while we endeavor to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the information, products, services or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose.

 Regulations state that anyone acting as the DICO for a VA licensed EMS agency must attended an approved infection control training program prior to assuming their duties as the DICO.

 The VAVRS Designated Infection Control Officer class is one of the Office of EMS approved training programs.

 If you have questions regarding the requirements of a DICO you may visit the VA Office of EMS website.

 If your agency is interested in hosting a VAVRS IDC Basic or DICO class, please contact the VAVRS state office at vavrs@vavrs.com or by phone at 800-833-0602.

 VAVRS IDC Coordinator: Karen Wagner

 APIC IDC Implementation Guide

 Completion of Bloodborne Pathogens Training Form

 Encourage Exposure Reporting Brochure

 Hep B and Healthcare Personnel Article

 Hep B Vaccine Declination Form

 Improving Your Exposure Control Plan Brochure

 Model Sample Exposure Control Plan (Word)

 Model Sample Exposure Control Plan (PDF)

 Protect Yourself Family Public Poster

 Sample Disinfection Log

 Sample Exposure Incident Report Form

 Sample Refusal for Treatment Post Exposure Form

 Sample Sharps Log

 Verification of Hepatitis B Vaccination Form

 Workplace Solutions-Preventing Exposures Brochure

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