Ebola Information Center
Elsevier’s free health and medical research, online tools and expert advice on Ebola
By the Elsevier Community Posted on 31 October 2014
Updated on 6 January 2015
Welcome to Elsevier's Ebola Information Center
This page will provide continually updated resources from Elsevier's content and experts. We developed it to give our readers – medical professionals, health researchers, and members of the public interested in Ebola – one place where they can access the depth and breadth of Elsevier's resources on the Ebola virus.
Elsevier's resources span scientific and medical journals and textbooks, educational products, and a variety of other content. We have also asked our clinicians to provide original commentary. Our goal is to provide these resources for free for the next several months as the Ebola crisis continues. If you have any question or suggestions, please email us at Elsevier_Connect@elsevier.com.
Online course for nurses
Elsevier has a free 30-minute online course for nurses: Ebola: What You Need to Know. The purpose is to prepare new and experienced registered nurses to safely care for patients with Ebola Virus Disease.
The Lancet Ebola Resource Centre provides free access to research in The Lancet and Cell Press
To assist health workers and researchers working under difficult and dangerous conditions to bring this outbreak to a close, The Lancet has created an Ebola Resource Centre. This hub brings together existing Ebola content from The Lancet journals and Cell Press and will feature the latest Ebola research as it is published. It is intended to be a comprehensive Ebola resource for clinicians, public health professionals, and anybody else who needs access to existing Ebola research and latest developments.[divider]
Ebola Resources for Nurse Educators
On its Ebola Resources for Nurse Educators page, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is hosting a curated collection of news, events and webinars for nursing school deans, faculty members, students, and other stakeholders. Elsevier publishes the AACN's Journal of Professional Nursing.
Access to Online Tools
Embase provides free access to the World Health Organization
Elsevier is granting the World Health Organization (WHO) free access to Embase, its comprehensive international biomedical literature database, until the end of 2014.
Embase will help researchers find up-to-date biomedical evidence in the fight against Ebola. With comprehensive coverage of biomedical literature and conference abstracts, as well as deep biomedical indexing of drug and disease-related terms, users can find the information they need quickly without having to wade through whole articles. WHO members can access it by going to embase.com.
Mosby's Nursing Consult provides free access for at-risk countries
Mosby's Nursing Consult is now free for the countries identified as at-risk for Ebola: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Togo.
Mosby's Nursing Consult gives nurses fast access to evidence-based best practices at the point of care. The streamlined interface and search technology makes it easy to find the most relevant information from the industry's most trusted nursing resources. Access will continue through the end of 2014. Learn more and watch a video.
ClinicalKey provides free access to medical information for African countries battling Ebola
For West Africa, Elsevier is granting free access to its primary online clinical information and reference tool, ClinicalKey.* Countries included in this program are Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Togo.
ClinicalKey is a search engine that provides evidence-based clinical answers drawn from the single largest body of clinical content available, including Medline, 600+ journals, 1,100+ books, drug information, guidelines, and patient education. Access to ClinicalKey is IP-validated for hospitals, institutional libraries and other healthcare organizations supporting those battling the Ebola outbreak. Healthcare and disaster aid workers in West Africa will be able to access ClinicalKey by going to clinicalkey.com.
*Elsevier has extended this access through February 7.
Info from Books and Journals
A primer on Ebola in the US, in The Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
The authors write: "In this brief opinion article, we provide a short primer on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, US-based hospital preparedness, vaccine and therapy development, and control of Ebola virus disease for noninfectious disease physicians."
- Robert Lindblad, Ashraf El Fiky, MBBCh, PhD, Thad Zajdowicz, MD, MPH: "Ebola in the United States," The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Article in Press, December 2014)
Experts make "urgent" call for treatment guidelines in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases
As the Ebola epidemic continues to rage in West Africa, infectious diseases experts have written an editorial to call attention to what they consider a striking lack of treatment guidelines:
- Eskild Petersen and Boubacar Maiga: "Guidelines for treatment of patients with Ebola Virus Diseases are urgently needed," International Journal of Infectious Diseases (December 2014)
Emergency Access Initiative provides free access to articles from books and journals
Elsevier is one of many publishers contributing to the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), a program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in partnership with the US National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. The NIH activated the program in August in response to the Ebola outbreak. It has just been extended until December 12, 2014.
The EAI provides free access to full-text articles from over 650 biomedical serial titles and more 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement or supplement for libraries that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users in disaster areas. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. For more details, visit eai.nlm.nih.gov.[divider]
Research4Life provides free and low-cost access for researchers in developing countries
Elsevier is a founding member of Research4Life, a public-private partnership of over 200 academic publishers, four UN agencies, Yale and Cornell universities and the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM). With the support of technology partner Microsoft, the program provides free or low-cost online access to nearly 30,000 peer-reviewed journals, books and databases to over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries and territories.
Article from The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care
Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen (The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care), is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary and cross-professional journal that publishes original papers, reviews, short reports, and selected conference papers on all aspects of evidence and quality in healthcare. This article is freely available until November 12, 2015:
- Gerd Antes: "Ebola – contradictions between knowledge and communication," Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen (Article in Press, November 2014)
Infectious disease and travel medicine articles
The following articles in Elsevier journals are freely available until February 5, 2015 (or permanently in the case of the open access article):
- Ziad A. Memish, Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq: "The Hajj in The Time of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa," Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease (September–October 2014). In the last two years, about 200,000 of pilgrims from the four countries in West Africa involved in the current Ebola Virus Disease attended the Haji. This article discusses challenges mass gathering (MG) planners are facing in dealing with Ebola.
- Philippe Brouqui, Giuseppe Ippolito: "Ebola and travel – Management of imported cases," Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease (In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 16 October 2014). Ebola travel importation can occur as demonstrated by cases in Nigeria, Senegal and more recently in the US. This article suggests four key strategies to stem the importation and travel related cases of Ebola.
- Allen G.P. Ross, Remigio M. Olveda, Li Yuesheng: "Are we ready for a global pandemic of Ebola virus?" International Journal of Infectious Diseases (In Press, Uncorrected Proof, Available online 18 October 2014 — open access). We are not ready for a global pandemic of Ebola virus. This article reviews how dysfunctional the health-care systems really are and the current West African epidemic should serve as a dire warning of things to come.
Nursing articles on Ebola
The following articles in Elsevier's nursing journals are freely available until February 4, 2015:
- Jan Odom-Forren, PhD, RN, CPAN, FAAN: "Ebola- A Crisis," Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing (Article in Press). Written by one of the editors of Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, this article discusses facts about Ebola, including preparation, what is happening now, and the treatment of this disease going forward.
- Anna Jarrett, PhD, ACNP/ACNS-BC: "Ebola: A Practice Summary," The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, (Article in Press). This feature reviews the characteristics, history, and prevention of Ebola. Preventive measures, a screening tool, and diagnostic testing and initial treatment options are all outlined in this article.
- John J. Lowe, PhD, Shawn G. Gibbs, PhD, Shelly Schwedhelm, RN, MSN, John Nguyen, BS, and Philip W. Smith, MD: "Nebraska Biocontainment Unit perspective on disposal of Ebola medical waste," American Journal of Infection Control ( Article in Press): This commentary piece discusses the protocol for disposal of medical waste generated by health care workers caring for Ebola patients and the patients themselves.
- C. Raina MacIntyre, Abrar Ahmad Chugtai, Holly Seale, Guy A. Richards, and Patricia M. Davidson: "Respiratory protection for healthcare workers treating Ebola virus disease (EVD): Are facemasks suggiciet to meet occupational health and safety obligations?" International Journal of Nursing Studies (Volume 51, Issue 11). This article discusses whether or not facemasks offer sufficient protection for health care workers caring for Ebola patient, or if respirators would be a more appropriate recommendation.
- Amber Wood, MSN, RN, CNOIR, CIC, CPN: "Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: Precautions in the OR," AORN Journal (Article in Press). This excerpt (full article will be published in the January 2015 issue of the AORN Journal) covers the precautions that a perioperative team should take when caring for a patient with known or suspected Ebola.
Skills checklists and patient education
These skills checklists were developed by health professionals on the Elsevier Clinical Solutions team as an assessment tool for healthcare professionals at US hospitals that may treat Ebola patients. They are based on current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Each checklist allows for observation and evaluation of proficiency in donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and identifies areas for improvement for training and competence.
- Ebola Isolation Precautions Checklist — Donning PPE. Checklist for Donning PPE including the use of an N95 respirator or a PAPR.
- Ebola Isolation Precautions Checklist — Doffing PPE with N95. Checklist for Doffing PPE when using an N95 Respirator.
- Ebola Isolation Precautions Checklist — Doffing PPE with PAPR. Checklist for Doffing PPE when using a PAPR.
- Isolation Precautions and Personal Protective Equipment Skill: This skill was developed by Mosby's Clinical Experts to provide information needed to initiate and maintain isolation precautions, and includes general information, procedural steps, and checklists for the donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE ). The content is based on recommendations from the CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Ebola virus disease patient education: ExitCare Patient Information that outlines the causes, symptoms (both early and late), diagnosis, treatment, home care instructions and conditions under which a person should seek medical care.
- Ebola virus disease information patient education: ExitCare Patient Information that answers questions such as: How can Ebola be prevented? How do healthcare providers diagnose Ebola? What treatment is available and How should the home and clothing of a person with Ebola be cleaned to keep other household members safe?
Insights from Experts
The Ebola virus and the pursuit of a vaccine
In the media
Various Elsevier authors are speaking and writing about Ebola for media outlets worldwide. Here's a sample. We will continue to update this list:
- Dr. Thomas Geisbart talks about Ebola containment on National Public Radio. Dr. Geisbart is a virologist and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His article on Ebola haemorrhagic fever (albeit dated March 2011) is currently one of the most downloaded articles in The Lancet today.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci is writing the Ebola Update on the White House Blog. Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, has authored or co-authored several Elsevier books, including Hepatitis C (2000) and Emerging Infections (2000) and the current Antibody Production in Man: In Vitro Synthesis and Clinical Implications. Dr Fauci was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine on "Ebola — Underscoring the Global Disparities in Health Care Resources."
The following experts are contributing editors to Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 8th Edition (Elsevier, 2014)
- IEbola Discoverer Peter Piot in Spiegel Online International. Dr. Piot, MD, PhD, was part of the team that discovered Ebola in 1976.
- Michael T. Osterholm, Phd, MPH, is interviewed on PBS Frontline
- Lindsey R. Baden, MD, has contributed to two editorials in NEJM: "Out of Africa — Caring for Patients with Ebola" and "Ebola and Quarantine."