The Serious Infectious Disease Screening Form is intended to (1) enhance rapid recognition of a patient who may have a communicable disease of urgent public health concern upon arrival at a health care facility and (2) prompt the rapid institution of infection control measures to minimize potential transmission to hospital staff, patients, and visitors. The serious infectious diseases include but are not limited to viral hemmorhagic fevers (e.g., Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, etc.,), pathogenic avian influenza, and smallpox. Here is a list and time frame for reporting all notifiable diseases in Alabama.

The screening for these serious infectious diseases should be conducted by the health care provider/triage nurse at intake or shortly thereafter. Taking a travel history is important for providing rapid triage, isolating patients promptly, and starting infection control measures to minimize the spread of infectious diseases to other patients and healthcare staff. For countries at risk, consult recent travel notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or Health Alert Network (HAN) messages from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Patients suspected to be infected with a serious infectious disease should be prioritized for individual placement in a private room or an Airborne Isolation Infection Room (AIIR) pending clinical evaluation. Patient, triage staff, and anyone in contact with the patient should perform hand hygiene. Healthcare personnel should always follow standard patient care precautions recommended by the CDC.

If you have any additional questions about a potential serious infectious disease, call 1-800-338-8374.

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