State health agencies team for Ebola management program

Nicole Rogucki, a Registered Nurse at Bridgeport Hospital, adjusts her protective visor, part of her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), during an Ebola preparedness training session, in Bridgeport.

Nicole Rogucki, a Registered Nurse at Bridgeport Hospital, adjusts her protective visor, part of her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), during an Ebola preparedness training session, in Bridgeport.

 

On Monday, the Connecticut Hospital Association put out a statement saying it was working with other health agencies in the state on Ebola readiness. Below is the full content of the statement:

As work continues throughout the state of Connecticut and the nation to address management of the Ebola virus, widespread communication and education is essential.  Through communication of current science and knowledge related to Ebola, particularly regarding best practices to keep caregivers, patients, and the community safe, we are able to provide quality care and protection, as well as alleviate fear.

The Connecticut Hospital Association, the Connecticut League for Nursing, the Connecticut Nurses’ Association, and the Organization of Nurse Executives, Connecticut (ONE-CT), are committed to working together on Ebola preparedness.  We know that nurses are key frontline caregivers in multiple settings who need to be informed fully about how they can prepare to identify individuals who may have had exposure to or have symptoms of Ebola, protect themselves and others, and respond appropriately.

Our organizations agree to partner to:

  • Share information related to Ebola among our organizations.

  • Disseminate widely to our membership information, updates, and guidance related to Ebola.

  • Respond to nurses’ questions and concerns about Ebola and Ebola preparedness, particularly with regard to the safe use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Collaborate in identifying information and resource needs and facilitate action to address them.

Amanda Cuda