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On CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock spoke with Bob Schieffer about Ebola preparedness. He stressed that hospitals are working to detect Ebola, isolate suspected cases, and protect patients and staff as they seek to ensure the best care for their communities. Also participating in the program were Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health; Robert M. Wah, M.D., president of the American Medical Association (AMA); and Jean Ross, co-president of National Nurses United, a national nurses union. To watch the segment, go to www.cbsnews.com/face-the-nation/.

Issues were raised regarding whether hospitals were adequately prepared, whether Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance went far enough, and whether hospitals were devoting enough resources to protect health care workers. Our message: hospitals’ paramount concern is the safety of patients and all staff. Hospital leaders are committed to protecting the safety of every worker in their facilities and are actively working to ensure staff know what measures to take to protect themselves. We eagerly await additional recommendations from the CDC and will work with the field to implement them. See the attachment for additional key messages.

Yesterday, the AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives joined with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and Emergency Nurses Association in urging their members to collaborate in identifying resource and system gaps that have potential to harm patients or caregivers and work together to put solutions in place to prevent the spread of the disease. Click here to read the full statement. The AHA, AMA and American Nurses Association Friday also issued a joint statement pledging to collaborate in the fight against Ebola.

Please continue to watch your email for updates and the latest guidance. For additional resources around Ebola preparedness, visit www.cdc.gov and www.aha.org/ebola.


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