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Ebola resources for nurses
In light of international concerns over Ebola virus disease (EVD), nurses in Ontario may be wondering how they can protect themselves from infection.
To date, there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Canada. The College is monitoring the situation, and it will make more information available if the situation changes.
The College's chief role in these types of circumstances is to direct nurses to the most reliable sources of up-to-date information about the disease so that they can protect themselves while fulfilling their responsibilities as regulated health professionals.
The College expects nurses to follow Ministry guidelines and their own workplace protocols for stopping the spread of infections.
The following organizations are good sources for Ebola-related information, providing insight into the disease, its diagnosis and treatment, and government announcements about preparations in the event of an outbreak:
- Province Enhancing Measures to Prepare For Ebola Virus Disease - statement by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
- Ebola: Emergency Management - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
- Ebola Information - Public Health Ontario
- Ebola Virus Disease - Government of Canada
The following College practice documents identify expectations for nurses and may also be helpful resources to consult:
- Professional Standards
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Refusing Assignments and Discontinuing Nursing Care
Flu season reminder
This time of year is also the start of flu season in Ontario. The College suggests that nurses review the following in anticipation of treating patients with colds and flu:
- Influenza Vaccinations
- Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic
- Infection Prevention and Control - Learning Module