As we have witnessed the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak from West Africa to the United States, Catholic Health Services of Long Island continues to prepare its staff and facilities to provide the highest quality care for any potential Ebola patients, while ensuring the foremost degree of safety for both its clinical and nonclinical staff.
CHS hospitals have followed all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the screening, isolation and proper evidence-based management of patients with EVD. CHS facilities and health care personnel have been preparing for EVD through ongoing education and readiness assessment meetings. This training includes a review of CDC and NYSDOH guidelines, proper use of personal protective equipment and mandatory emergency drills, which have been conducted at all acute care campuses. Additional protective equipment resources are being allocated for the potential care teams, and strict adherence to CDC guidelines is being followed at all campuses for effective screening recognition and isolation in all CHS facilities. Also, facilities will have signage throughout patient entry ways, listing countries where the disease is endemic and asking patients to tell the admitting nurse if they have traveled to any areas of concern. If they have, then appropriate isolation protocols will be initiated.
Visit the CDC website to learn more about signs, symptoms and other helpful information about EVD.