Ebola Planning Update #1 10-16-14
Our internal experts have been discussing and planning strategies for all aspects of care and logistics related to managing Ebola virus disease safely should a patient with suspected Ebola come to the hospital.
On Oct. 15, Chief Medical Officer Ron Stahl, MD, and other local health leaders attended an Onondaga County Ebola Preparedness meeting hosted by Rep. Dan Maffei, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Onondaga County Department of Emergency Management Commissioner Kevin Wisely. We will also be meeting with Ebola planning staff at Upstate and St. Joseph’s to plan for collaboration among the hospitals.
Precautionary steps taken so far include:
1. Placing signage in the Emergency Department, PromptCare and Labor and Delivery alerting patients to report any symptoms consistent with Ebola as well as report any travel to Western Africa.
2. Training all staff in these areas to ask questions and to document any symptoms and/or travel that could be suspicious for Ebola exposure.
3. Stocking the Emergency Department, PromptCare, and Labor and Delivery with personal protective equipment (PPE) in preparation of the presentation of any patient with symptoms consistent with Ebola.
4. Deciding that any suspect presenting with symptoms consistent with Ebola would be cared for in our Emergency Department and/or Intensive Care Unit only ED.
Education on wearing PPE is starting today for immediate first responders in the ED, PromptCare, ICU and OB. In addition, work is being done to secure additional PPE as needed. Drills are being planned to ensure our ability to appropriately address the needs of these patients and protect our visitors, staff and other patients. A special meeting is being planned for next week to update the management team on our work to date and as well as future plans for continuing education