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This portion of the website provides information on inpatient care of individuals with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Emory Healthcare (EHC) has used its Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU) to care for these patients. This section provides background about the SCDU and detailed operational protocols for the safe delivery of care to patients with EVD. Because the SCDU is prepared to take care of a wide range of pathogens, protocols are provided that may reference other organisms. However, primary emphasis is placed on the care of patients with EVD and the rigid biosafety protocols required to safely do so. Practical information is provided about staffing, training materials, team effectiveness and infection control. In addition, occupational health protocols are provided to allow for active surveillance of members of the direct care team, individuals who handle specimens and anyone involved in the waste management stream. Our goal is for you to learn from the care we provide on our SCDU and adapt it to your own care setting.


This site is provided as a courtesy to those interested in Emory Healthcare and does not constitute medical or any other advice and does not create any physician-patient relationship. Also, Emory Healthcare does not endorse or recommend any specific commercial product or service. This website is provided solely for informational purposes only and no part of it may be used for any other purpose. The Emory Healthcare Ebola Preparedness Protocols full site/materials Disclaimer is available at www.emoryhealthcare.org/ebolaprep.

This website was created by Melanie De Gennaro, Corporate Director, Emory Healthcare Communications; Nancye Feistritzer, CNO, Emory University Hospital; Bryce Gartland, M.D., VP of Operations, Emory University Hospital; and Elizabeth Sprouse, Senior Communications Manager, Emory Healthcare Communications.

Thank you to the Emory Healthcare team members who contributed to the content of this site.