An increasing number of U.S. hospitals are now equipped to treat patients with Ebola, giving nationwide health system Ebola readiness efforts a boost. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health officials have identified and designated 35 hospitals with Ebola treatment centers, with more expected in the coming weeks. State health officials collaborated directly with local health authorities and the hospital administration on this important decision.
Ebola treatment centers are staffed, equipped, and have been assessed to have current capabilities, training, and resources to provide the complex treatment necessary to care for a person with Ebola while minimizing risk to health care workers.
CDC also released a suite of guidance materials for healthcare facilities preparing for Ebola.
- Interim Guidance for U.S. Hospital Preparedness for Patients with Possible or Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease: A Framework for a Tiered Approach
- Ebola treatment center guidance
- Ebola assessment hospital guidance
- Frontline healthcare facility guidance
- List of 35 U.S. Ebola treatment centers
- Infographic: Ebola: U.S. Hospital Readiness as of Dec. 2014