Archbold Following CDC Recommendations for Ebola Screening
Monday, October 20, 2014
Although Ebola in the United States has been limited to a few cases, hospitals around the country realize the key to preventing the spread of the virus is to identify and isolate potential cases as quickly as possible.
To help with this effort, Archbold Memorial Hospital is following the Ebola screening guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Symptoms and signs of Ebola include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite and, in some cases, bleeding,” said Will Cooper, MD, chairman of the infection control committee at Archbold.
“If a patient arrives at an Archbold facility with these symptoms, we will ask the patient if they traveled to West African countries, where the World Health Organization has reported Ebola transmission, within 21 days before the symptoms started,” said Dr. Cooper. “Implementation of screening protocols and checklists, as recommended by the CDC, help Archbold staff ask the best questions that will identify at-risk patients early.”
The CDC recommends that any patient meeting both identified screening criteria for Ebola should be treated in a private room, and standard, contact and droplet infection precautions should be followed when assessing, treating and transporting the patient.
“The safety of our patients, physicians, staff and community is our highest priority,” said Perry Mustian, Archbold President and CEO. “Archbold has standard operating procedures and precautions for treating patients with infectious diseases as well as protecting others from the spread of infectious diseases. As the situation evolves, we are carefully evaluating the recommendations of the CDC and implementing their guidelines for the care of our patients.”
Mustian continued, “Our infection control team is monitoring the experiences of hospitals where Ebola patients have been treated and implementing best practices. Archbold is reinforcing infection prevention education across our health system, and we’re also evaluating our infection control protocols and equipment to ensure we are aligned with the CDC’s recommendations. We will continue to implement CDC recommendations as they evolve, and we’ve created a clinical task force to coordinate our preparedness.”
For the latest information about Ebola, including how the virus is transmitted, as well as signs and symptoms of the disease, visit CDC's Ebola website, www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola