As the 2019-Novel Coronavirus continues to make headlines around the world, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) hosted an informational webinar on February 18, 2020, to review the current state of this emerging infectious disease and provide identification, isolation, and treatment strategies for front line health care providers.
With an outbreak of this magnitude that has rapidly spread across continents, AAMC Chief Health Care Officer Janis M. Orlowski, MD, MACP, knows and understands first hand the important role that teaching hospitals play when such health risks emerge.
“Our nation’s teaching hospitals have been at the forefront of unraveling diseases such as the 2019-Novel Coronavirus and assisting in identifying treatment strategies to improve the health of affected patients,” Orlowski said. “This webinar provided AAMC member teaching hospitals with the most updated information on evidence-based research findings, important clinical guidelines for identification and treatment, and potential next steps as we, the medical community, look to better understand the 2019-Novel Coronavirus and its long term affects.”
This webinar featured NETEC leadership including, Sharon Vanairsdale, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CEN, FAEN, FAAN, Bruce Ribner, MD, MPH, Aneesh Mehta, MD, Kate Boulter, RN, BAN, MPH, and Alex Isakov, MD, MPH, who reviewed identification and isolation protocols as well as proper official notifications if a symptomatic patient and/or epidemiological risk is presented at points of entry.