February 12, 2015
By Mik Pietrzak, MD, HKS Strategic Initiatives and David Duthu, CCRD

In response to the ongoing Ebola Crisis in West Africa, an esteemed panel of healthcare providers, government agencies and aid organizations gathered at the “Digital Aid: Lessons Learned from the Ebola Crisis” panel on February 11 in Washington, D.C.

The distinguished panel – which included White House Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain – discussed lessons learned from the outbreak in an effort to advance tactics in the fields of infectious disease and disaster response.

Mark Smith, MD, chief innovation officer with MedStar Health, presented the HKS-developed exit room concept, initially presented at the October 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) conference “ED Talks”. The innovative concept promotes a unidirectional flow  strategy with an exit room on the backside of the isolation room with clean to less clean flow processes until full doffing and decontamination is possible.  This scheme eliminates hazardous backtracking of contamination.

Read more: Concept Brief - An Improved Approach to Infection Control

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