CHICAGO—In the midst of national hysteria over Ebola virus disease, emergency physicians can be their institutions’ voice of reason on who is at risk of contagion, an expert said Tuesday at a packed ACEP14 session.
“I’m preaching to the choir,” said David Pigott, MD, RDMS, FACEP, emergency medicine professor at UAB School of Medicine in Birmingham, Ala., who co-led the program, “Ebola: Hemorrhagic Fever and the U.S. Experience.”
“You guys are emergency physicians. You’ve read the warnings. You’ve read the guidelines,” he added. “But it stands to reason that people in your hospital may not have. Maybe your hospital administrators haven’t. Maybe your nursing staff [and] your ancillary staff hasn’t read those recommendations…your job is going to be to take this message from here to say, ‘This is not how the virus is transmitted. We have clear evidence of how it is transmitted.”