Care of the Child with Ebola Virus Disease

Research InstituteCare of the Child with Ebola Virus Disease was published in the journal of Pediatric Clinical Care Medicine in 2015.  Robert Kanter, Medical Advisor to NSPA was a named author on this work.

Abstract:
OBJECTIVES: To provide clinicians with practical considerations for care of children with Ebola virus disease in resource-rich settings.
DATA SOURCES: Review of the published medical literature, World Health Organization and government documents, and expert opinion.
DATA SYNTHESIS: There are limited data regarding Ebola virus disease in children; however, reported case-fatality proportions in children are high. Ebola virus may affect immune regulation and endothelial function differently in children than adults. Considerations for care of children with Ebola virus disease are presented.
CONCLUSIONS: Ebola virus disease is a severe multisystem disease with high mortality in children and adults. Hospitals and clinicians must prepare to provide care for patients with Ebola virus disease before such patients present for care, with particular attention to rigorous infection control to limit secondary cases. Although there is no proven specific treatment for Ebola virus disease, meticulous supportive care offers patients the best chance of survival.

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