Volume 23, Number 6—June 2017
Sustainability of High-Level Isolation Capabilities among US Ebola Treatment Centers
|Variable||Facilities, no./total no. (%)|
|Activation of HLIU|
|HLIU can be activated 24/7 throughout the year†||32/33 (97)|
|Standing protocol exists to contact team members 24/7||31/33 (94)|
|Involve local/state public health officials in managing public concerns
|Plan to provide care for PUIs and persons with confirmed cases||32/33 (97)|
|Staff used to care for PUI|
|Use only HLIU staff to care for a PUI||28/32 (88)|
|Use other staff before disease is confirmed||4/32 (13)|
|Placement of PUI|
|Place PUI exclusively in the HLIU while being assessed||14/32 (44)|
|Place PUI in either HLIU or hospital ED||12/32 (38)|
|Place PUI in ED until confirmed diagnosis||4/32 (13)|
*ED, emergency department; HLIU, high-level isolation unit; PUI, patient under investigation.
†Average time necessary to activate HLIU after notification of pending patient transfer is 4.58 h (median 4 h, range 1.24 h).
‡One facility sends a mobile response team to a PUI’s home for evaluation, and another plans to use a mobile treatment unit (i.e., tent) for PUI placement.