About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia
LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Improving Basic Medical Care can Help Tackle Ebola Menace

by Bidita Debnath on December 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM
Font : A-A+

Improving Basic Medical Care can Help Tackle Ebola Menace

Researchers have suggested that the number of Ebola cases can be tackled if the basic medical care is improved and followed properly.

The widespread misconception that there were no proven treatments for Ebola virus disease has meant that simple treatments, especially intravenous fluids and electrolytes, which could reduce the number of deaths caused by the virus, have been neglected.

Advertisement

According to Dr Ian Roberts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and Dr Anders Perner, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Ebola virus disease was a febrile illness with severe gastrointestinal symptoms. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea cause profound water and electrolyte depletion leading to circulatory collapse and death, whereas many patients with Ebola virus disease receive oral rehydration and some electrolyte substitution, the use of intravenous fluids and electrolytes varies and it is likely that many patients die from deficiencies in fluid volume and electrolytes.

Implementation of practical protocols for managing fluids and electrolytes has not been given sufficient priority, said the authors, adding that it could substantially reduce the death rate. And in situations where there is uncertainty about the best way to treat patients, the authors call for rigorous clinical trials.
Advertisement

The scientists concluded that a stronger policy focus on providing effective care for patients with Ebola virus disease was not only a humanitarian imperative, but could also help to bring the epidemic under control. Patients cared for in Ebola treatment centres were less likely to infect other people than those cared for in the community. However, Ebola treatment centres must be more than a setting for quarantine. Treatment centres must be a setting where the best information was applied in the interest of improving patient outcomes, and where valid information was generated in the interests of future patients.

The study is published in The Lancet.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Emotional Healing
Psychosis Risk Related to Cat Parasite
Sedentary Behavior Precipitates Night-Time Hot Flashes
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Congo Fever Ebola Virus Disease 

Recommended Reading
German Hospital Cures Ugandan Doctor for Ebola
After seven weeks of intensive treatment, a Ugandan doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has ...
American Health Care Worker With Potential Ebola Exposure Arrives in US for Treatments
Health care worker from America, with potential exposure to Ebola, arrived Thursday in the United .....
Finding the Weak Point of Deadly Ebola Virus
The deceptively simple structure of the Ebola virus is the key to taming it, believe scientists, as ...
EUís Ebola Coordinator Focused to Have More Medical Personnel on the Ground
Europe must send more specialized medical personnel to West Africa and help rebuild local health ......
Congo Fever
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a viral disease that affects people who are bitten by infe...
Ebola Virus Disease
Ebola is caused by a virus via direct contact with body fluids or infected blood. Scientists have id...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use