Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), also known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe illness with a high mortality rate, particularly in affected patients who are untreated or have delayed treatment. Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people and has an incubation period of 2 - 21 days.
ESICM & Ebola
The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine continues to closely monitor the 2014/15 Ebola outbreak and has prepared several initiatives and resources to help intensive care and emergency workers to prepare for and manage EVD. As part of its membership in PREPARE – Platform foR European Preparedness Against (Re) emerging Epidemics, ESICM collaborated on this survey: Preparedness for admission of patients with suspected Ebola virus disease in European hospitals: a survey, August-September 2014 (12/2014). For more information on PREPARE research centring on EVD, visit the website.
ESICM suggests the following links as a starting point for information on Ebola:
VHF - Ebola Registry
There are indications that patients suffering from Ebola in western countries have a lower mortality rate, but since we currently lack information on the evolution of Ebola outside of Africa, we do not know what occurs when Ebola patients become dependent on organ support.
In order to better characterise these severe forms of the virus, the ESICM Trials Group have set up a VHF - Ebola Registry. Our aim is to better understand the most useful treatments and potential futility frontiers within this difficult disease. Centres who have data on patients who have been diagnosed with Ebola and treated in their ICU are welcome to register through the link here. If data collected in this registry is published, all contributors will be listed in the publication.
For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Information & Resources
National Societies and representatives have provided specific contact information for their individual countries, which is available here.
Intensive Care Medicine journal has also published updated articles on diagnosis and treatment of Ebola. These articles can be freely accessed below.
- Does this patient have Ebola Virus Disease? (Nov 2014)
- Ebola in West Africa; Be aware and prepare (Nov 2014)
- Understanding organ dysfunction in Ebola virus disease (Dec 2014)
- Isolation in patients with Ebola virus disease (Dec 2014)
- Preparing an ICU room to welcome a critically ill patient with Ebola virus disease (Imaging in Intensive Care Medicine) (Jan 2015)
- Ebola care and research protocols (Jan 2015)
- Laboratory diagnosis of Ebola virus disease (Jan 2015)
- Treatment of Ebola virus disease (Jan 2015)
- Pre-hospital transportation in Western countries for Ebola patients, comparison of guidelines (Aug 2015)
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