GENEX issues workers' comp Ebola guidelines

GENEX Services, LLC released workers' compensation guidelines for clinical treatment of Ebola and Marburg cases on Wednesday.

The guidelines discuss the needed actions that employers and providers need to take in the case of infection among their staff.

Dr. Maury Guzick, GENEX branch manager and physician adviser explains that treatment protocols within the realm of workers' compensation is key to treatment of employees that may be at risk of infection and so that they do not infect others.

“In the workers’ comp field, there are significant risks to health care workers, emergency responders, laboratory and airline staff, among others,” Guzick said. “These workers are more likely to come into contact with an infected person or their bodily fluids. With so many workers at risk, it’s critical that guidelines are developed and made available to help treat infected workers and prevent the spread of diseases such as Ebola and Marburg throughout the U.S. workforce."

The guidelines cover what diagnostic criteria are for Ebola and Marburg, the treatment approaches, coding information, conditions and protocols to make sure patients are healthy to go to work without spreading the disease, and what red flags exist in these kinds of cases.