In September 2014, Dr. Lewis Rubinson was a World Health Organization (WHO) consultant clinician at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. He oversaw the care of several hundred patients infected with the Ebola Virus during his time in West Africa.
In this presentation, Dr. Rubinson summarizes the history of Ebola outbreaks while providing clinical context for Ebola Virus Disease. He also discusses how patients infected with the Ebola virus may present to U.S. healthcare facilities and the implications for respiratory care. Dr. Rubinson places special focus on the transmission of the virus, uncertainties with regards to respiratory care intervention, and providing care to the patient while also protecting healthcare providers.
Original webcast date: November 3, 2014
Approved for 1.50 CRCE Hours
**Please note that all programs require the participant to view the entire program prior to taking the final quiz and obtaining a course certificate.**
- Briefly summarize the history of Ebola outbreaks and highlight why persons with Ebola Virus Disease may sporadically end up in modern healthcare facilities
- Describe the expanding Ebola Virus Disease clinical knowledge base
- Describe Ebola Virus Disease clinical course with specific attention to respiratory dysfunction and failure
- Summarize the current understanding of how Ebola is transmitted and discuss uncertainties with respiratory care interventions and disease transmission
- Recommend an interim approach to respiratory support which balances patient outcomes and staff safety