CDC Offers Resources for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
July 26, 2013 | Physician Practice News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued checklists and other resources to help healthcare providers and organizations prepare for the possibility of treating patients who are infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The checklist for providers highlights key steps for clinicians to take in preparation for transport and arrival of patients potentially infected with MERS-CoV. A second checklist, for organizations, highlights some key areas for healthcare organizations to review in preparation for MERS-CoV. CDC notes that the checklists are not intended to establish mandatory requirements or national standards. The resources on the resource page, which were initially developed to assist public health, healthcare, and emergency management in preparing for and reducing surge on the healthcare system due to influenza pandemic and severe acute respiratory syndrome, can be adapted for MERS-CoV.