Thursday, October 23, 2014

Texas Physicians Look to TMA on Ebola Guidance

Texas physicians looking for guidance on how to handle Ebola patients aren’t turning to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for recommendations, they’re turning to the Texas Medical Association, reports The New York Times. That’s because CDC guidelines have been focused on hospitals, leaving guidance for doctors’ offices and outpatient facilities “spotty and vague.” The New York Times reports it’s a similar situation in other states as well ― physicians are turning to their state associations for recommendations. And the advice is differing among associations.

In Texas, TMA recommends “every patient who calls for an appointment at a doctor’s office should be asked about symptoms and travel history before arriving and mingling with other patients. If Ebola is suspected, the patient should be sent immediately to a hospital emergency room.” Read more.

Read TMA’s Ebola guidance for physicians: What if Someone Walks Into My Office With Ebola?

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