Antidote to Fear: Identify, Isolate and Inform

November 12, 2014 9:17 PM

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America's registered nurses are on the frontlines of health care delivery in this country. They are often the first to identify signs of a disease outbreak, whether that is H1N1 flu in 2009 as it swept through schools, measles, or the current Enterovirus D68 circulating around the country. They are always ready to provide care to all patients regardless of the disease or potential risk to themselves, putting into practice the knowledge, evidence and experience that allows them to provide safe, high quality care. I commend all of the registered nurses and other health care professionals who have volunteered to care for Ebola patients in West Africa and the reported nine patients who have been treated for the virus in the United States. Of those nine, all but one recovered.

What happened in Dallas was a wakeup call for this country. Much progress has been made in the last six weeks, and the U.S. has been declared free of Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance for emergency departments in hospitals and community-based, ambulatory care ...

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