Ebola Preparations from Washington University
St. Louis, MO - To ensure that health-care workers are prepared for the threat of Ebola, the Washington School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital are training those designated to be on the front lines of diagnosing and treating patients with the virus. This includes drills in which mock patients enter the hospital with symptoms that simulate Ebola, and staff members run through the process of diagnosis, isolation and treatment.
“The rigorous planning on the Medical Campus is aimed at ensuring that faculty, students and staff, as well as patients and visitors, are as safe as possible at all times, and that we are fully prepared to evaluate and treat any patient suspected of having Ebola,” said James P. Crane, MD, associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs.
The medical center’s efforts also have been carefully coordinated with Student Health Services on the Danforth Campus. Washington University’s offices of emergency management on both campuses also are closely involved in the planning.
“It’s extremely unlikely that we would have a student or faculty member with Ebola on the Danforth Campus,” said Alan Glass, MD, director of the Habif Health & Wellness Center. “But our population is global and mobile, and it’s essential that we’re prepared.” Continue>
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