Module A: Etiology, Impact & Assessment

CE Credits: 2.0

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This module covers the history of Ebola (from its first known outbreak to the epidemic of 2014) as well as the types of the virus, the ways that it has spread and the main ways it is diagnosed. The module also explores the societal factors that have played a part in the disease—from the African tradition of eating bush meat and using unusual burial customs to the anxiety about the virus in the United States and elsewhere. These factors sometimes make it difficult to confront the disease rationally

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Discuss past lessons and current issues in Ebola care
» Describe the sources and transmission of the Ebola virus
» Review worldwide prevalence and African societal impact
» Discuss assessment and diagnosis
» Review American societal responses

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Advance your professional practice:: By understanding the origins, etiology and modes of transmission of the virus, case managers and other transdisciplinary clinicians can put the disease risk in its proper context. We can then provide thorough care for patients, reassurance to the community and a calming example for other healthcare professionals.

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Improve organizational performance: A well-educated staff is critical to a healthcare organization’s ability to offer a careful, calm and professional approach to a rare but frightening virus.