Serious Infectious Disease Network (SIDN)
The Serious Infectious Disease Network (SIDN) includes facilities within Alabama to ensure that appropriate care and management of patients with potentially highly infectious diseases is provided safely. Alabama uses a tiered approach to identify patients presenting with diseases of concern and to coordinate the appropriate response among local, state, and federal partners.
Healthcare facilities and hospitals in Alabama fall into one of two categories:
- Frontline Healthcare Facilities
- Assessment Hospitals
Frontline Healthcare Facilities:
- Consist of Acute Care Hospitals, Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Centers and other clinical care areas. These facilities should utilize the Centers for Disease Control decision algorithm of Identify, Isolate, and Inform.
- Guidance for Frontline Healthcare Facilities
- have completed a rigorous review and intense planning activities that demonstrate their ability and dedication to care for a patient with a possible serious infectious disease such as Ebola;
- receive and isolate the suspected patient, coordinate and collaborate with Alabama Department of Public Health in the initial evaluation and appropriate testing;
- care for the patients until Ebola or other infectious diseases are confirmed or ruled out; and
- coordinate with ADPH the transport of the patients to an Ebola treatment facility if laboratory results are confirmatory.
- Guidance for Assessment Hospitals
All suspected infectious disease must be reported immediately to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), including Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). If you are a health care provider and have a patient who travelled internationally; or had contact with someone who is ill and traveled internationally; or is a healthcare worker with a recent exposure to a potential communicable disease of urgent public health concern; or anyone who reports being part of a cluster of two or more persons with a similar febrile, respiratory illness AND is experiencing one or more of these symptoms: fever, headache, cough, trouble breathing, diarrhea, rash, joint aches, and vomiting. Please complete the ADPH Serious Infectious Disease (SID) Consultation Form and call the Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks Division immediately at 1-800-338-8374.
For Hospitals/Healthcare facilities:
- ADPH Serious Infectious Disease Consultation Form
- ADPH SID Hospital Screening
- ADPH Hospital Planning Template
- ADPH Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for Serious Infectious Disease
- EMS PSAP Response Protocol Guidance for Suspected Serious Infectious Disease Patient
- Dispatch for EMS PSAP Response Protocol Guidance for Suspected Serious Infectious Disease Patient
- ADPH SID EMS Screening
- CDC Travel Health Notices (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices)
The Centers for Disease Control has partnered with the National Ebola Training Education Center (NETEC). This site provides educational power point presentations, exercise templates, and general information about Ebola, MERS and other infectious diseases.
Alabama Department of Public Health, Bureau of Clinical Laboratories offers a list of specimen testing analytes:
For more information, view the SIDN conference held August 23, 2017.
- Alabama's Serious Infectious Disease Network (SIDN) (Broadcast Date: August 23, 2017 | 1 hour)
Page last updated: May 1, 2018