Physicians have been practicing donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment as part of the System's infectious disease preparations.
The Ebola-Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) outbreak in Western Africa has many healthcare systems in the United States on alert for any travelers coming from high-risk countries who may have been potentially exposed to the virus.
System leaders, infectious disease specialists, emergency management personnel, physicians and nurses – among many others – have been planning since summer for the possibility of Ebola spreading within the United States.
In fact, the White House recently praised Carolinas Medical Center for how it handled a patient in July that presented with Ebola-like symptoms, but ultimately turned out to be negative.
"It is a testimony to the dedication of the nursing and physician staff at CMC and across the System … to quickly put into place safe care guidelines for any patient with presumed or confirmed Ebola,” Katie Passaretti, MD, medical director for Infection Prevention, CHS Metro Facilities, said. “Many thanks to the staff from nursing, physician, lab, respiratory, radiology, EVS, security, POM, infection prevention and many more who have volunteered to help with preparation or patient care. CMC remains the primary assessment center site for the primary enterprise while we are evaluating other possible locations for additional support.”
Care teams have enacted the following protocols:
North Carolina residents – including teammates – can also report symptoms or ask Ebola-related questions by calling the North Carolina Ebola Public Information Line: 1-844-836-8714. The line is staffed by Carolinas Poison Center, which is administered by Carolinas HealthCare System.