Epidemic clinical management (ECM)
The aim of the epidemic clinical management (ECM) team is to contribute to WHO's efforts to prevent severe disease and premature death due to epidemic and pandemic diseases, thereby limiting disease transmission, defining strategic direction, and providing technical content expertise.
ECM topics include optimal and safe clinical management, effective disease prevention and treatment, prevention and control of health care-associated infections that could lead to or amplify epidemics, as well as promotion of research on clinical management (practices, diagnostics, treatments).
One of ECM's main activities is to train clinicians and healthcare workers in management of EIDs. Training is crucial to sustain and scale-up emergency responses. The ECM team has developed and disseminated training materials for use before deployment, as well as a number of disease-specific courses.
Guidance and guidelines
In order to keep standards for clinical management up to date, the ECM team develops and updates guidance and guidelines for the clinical management of patients, based on current priorities and needs.