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Determining training and education needs pertaining to highly infectious disease preparedness and response: A gap analysis survey of U.S. emergency medical services practitioners.
Le AB, Buehler SA, Maniscalco PM, Lane P, et al.

This month we will discuss a study that explores the depth of U.S. EMS practitioners’ highly infectious disease (HID) training and education. Highlighted by the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the authors of this study noticed a lack of consistent HID guidelines and training for EMS workers, and wanted to better understand how prepared EMS providers are for patients and scenarios involving HID.

The authors of this study created a survey that was sent to 108,800 EMS providers across the country that asked questions regarding their willingness to respond to HID events, current policies and procedures, their level of knowledge, and available resources to address HID patients. The survey defined HID as, “A disease transmissible from person to person that causes life-threatening illness and presents a serious hazard in healthcare settings and in the community, requiring specific control measures.”

Please join members of the Prehospital Care Research Forum and others in discussing this topic. 

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