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Ebola outbreak in West Africa

updated Jan. 13, 2014
updated Oct. 22, 24, 31, 2014
posted Oct. 16, 2014

CRNBC is monitoring the global and local Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) situation to provide support to nurses, employers and provincial leadership.

CRNBC is participating in weekly teleconferences to share information and answer questions regarding Ebola with the Ministry of Health, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the following partners:

  • Ministry of Health
  • Ambulance Paramedics of BC​
  • Associati​on of Chiefs of Police BC 
  • Association of Registered Nurses of BC
  • BC Emergency Health Services 
  • BC Government & Services Employees Union
  • BC Nurse Practitioners Association of BC
  • BC Nurses Union
  • BC Professional Fire Fighters Association 
  • BC Volunteer Firefighters Association
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees BC
  • College of Dental Surgeons of BC
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC
  • College of Pharmacists of BC
  • College of Registered Nurses of BC
  • Doctors of BC
  • E–COMM 
  • EMA Licensing Board / Branch Professional Association of Residents of BC
  • Emergency Management BC
  • Fire Chiefs' Association of BC 
  • Health Professions Regulators of BC
  • Health Sciences Association
  • Hospital Employees Union
  • Licensed practical Nurses Association of BC (through CRNBC representative)
  • Officer of the Fire Commitssioner 
  • Midwives Association of BC
  • Ministry of Justice 
  • RCMP (E Division) 
  • Union of Psychiatric Nurses

​There have not been any confirmed cases of EVD in Canada and the risk to British Columbians continues to be low. We know nurses are concerned about providing safe and appropriate care to patients while practising in a safe environment for themselves.

Information on Ebola virus disease, including symptoms, prevention and treatment, is available at the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Check with your employer for related guidelines and policies.

At the provincial level, the provincial health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall is looking at the protocols in place and working with public health officials to ensure hospitals have the equipment and training to treat patients with possible Ebola.

National and provincial guidance documents related to infection control, laboratory work-up, clinical guidance, public health management and notifications are posted on the BC Ministry of Health website. National documents can also be found on the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

Resources:

We’ll continue monitoring the situation and will communicate with nurses through our website and the e-newsletter. CRNBC staff are also available to provide Practice Support. ​​

 Messages from the MInistry of Health

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​posted Oct. 22, 2014​

Updated Ebola preparedness ​​plan

posted Oct. 18, 2014
P​​rovin​ce's Ebola preparedness plan

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