Public Health Releases Ebola Checklist
Dr. Monica Schnack, a Chiropractic Physician representative to the Illinois State Board of Health, has provided the Illinois Chiropractic Society the attached document concerning proper protocols for Ebola evaluations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked that the following be disseminated to primary care physicians in an effort to remind personnel to:
(1) increase their vigilance in inquiring about a history of travel to West Africa in the 21 days before illness onset for any patient presenting with fever or other symptoms consistent with Ebola;
(2) isolate patients who report a travel history to an Ebola-affected country (currently Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea) and who are exhibiting Ebola symptoms in a private room with a private bathroom and implement the standard, contact, and droplet precautions (gowns, facemask, eye protection, and gloves); and
(3) immediately notify the local/state health department.
The ICS wants our doctors to be aware of these protocols, in order for our profession to lend the appropriate level of diligence within the current health care environment.