Indy Hospitals Developing Ebola Protocol

Oct 17, 2014

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Hospitals across Indiana are on guard for Ebola. There haven‘t been any confirmed cases in the Hoosier state as of yet. However, various facilities are evaluating their plans in an effort to reassure the public.

Franciscan St. Francis Health Spokesman Joe Stuteville says they began formal planning for Ebola back in August. He says their plan includes disposing of possibly infected items, patient screening for Ebola symptoms, questions about recent travel, protective gear for medical staffers and staff training. He says they‘re also in the process of ordering additional protective gear for staff.

"This is certainly a very important health issue," says Stuteville. "It requires cooperation at all levels."

Stuteville says most Indianapolis hospitals have been working with the Coaliton for Patient Safety to prepare for possible Ebola events.

Dr. Charles Miramonti of Eskenazi Hospital and the Indianapolis Coalition of Patient Safety says Indianapolis has an important infrastructure among hospitals that makes it easier for them to share best practices to tackle issues like Ebola. He says all local hospitals are prepared to handle an Ebola patient should the situation arise. He adds that they‘re continuing to share information and coordinate efforts.