How MultiCare is preparing for Ebola
We know that the ongoing news about Ebola infections worldwide and in the United States has been on people’s minds in the last few weeks. You may have seen recent news about the two health care workers in Texas who contracted the Ebola virus while taking care of a patient.
As a community health care organization, one of our jobs at MultiCare is to plan for any situation that could affect the health of our community. Our existing emergency plans already include steps to protect our patients, staff and our community in the event of illnesses such as Ebola. However, we are working diligently on an Ebola Preparedness Plan to ensure our readiness.
As part of this planning process, we are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are also collaborating with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and other area health care organizations for a coordinated community response, if necessary.
Should we be called on to care for patients diagnosed with the Ebola virus, we will treat both adult and pediatric patients in a specially designated unit at the Tacoma General Hospital/Mary Bridge Children's Hospital campus. Only specially trained staff members essential to the daily care of these patients would be part of the care team.
Some of the steps that we are taking to prepare include:
- Distributing newly designed Ebola Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to all our clinics
- Providing educational materials to our clinics, urgent care clinics and emergency departments to help them identify patients who are at risk for Ebola and give them the protocols for isolating and beginning treatment, if necessary
- Training staff on the use of the PPE equipment, as well as other training ensure safety.
For answers to some basic questions about Ebola and what MultiCare is doing to prepare, visit our Ebola FAQ.
To learn more about the Ebola virus, visit the CDC’s website on Ebola.
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