Preparing for Ebola

Need

In 2013, an Ebola Virus epidemic erupted in West Africa and threatened to spread to other regions of the world. As isolated cases began to appear in the US, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, like all US hospitals, was faced with having to expeditiously train its staff on how to effectively manage a patient suspected of having the disease in an isolated environment.

Intervention

Hospital leadership asked STRATUS to help. STRATUS created a four-hour interprofessional training program in which attendees learned to don and doff personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as practice a variety of simulated tasks wearing PPE in interprofessional teams mimicking the “austere” environment in which caregivers would find themselves working.

Impact

STRATUS trained 220 clinicians from a variety of disciplines over the course of 40 days, ensuring that the hospital was prepared to manage Ebola patients safely and effectively. The curriculum was accepted for publication by the Association of American Medical College’s MedEdPortal and was named an “Editor’s Choice” by the editorial board.

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