At least one hospital in Spokane, Washington, which was designated in 2014 as special Ebola treatment centres, has personnel trained and equipped with the appropriate protective gear, and ready, in theory, for any Ebola outbreak, report local media.
But, as this blog has noted, the screening protocols for detecting people incubating Ebola are still, at least in some hospitals such as those belonging to Spectrum Health in Michigan, faulty. As a result, nurses and doctors may not recognize which patient poses a potential danger to them in time to put on their protective gear or to send them to a specially designated unit. That means, they could become infected, and, in turn, infect others.
The Ebola screening algorithm of Betsy DeVos’ husband Spectrum Health company is so designed that it will only detect those patients with the symptoms of Ebola, and not those people likely to be incubating Ebola due to contact with Ebola victims.
Spectrum Health could even face lawsuits over these guidelines if any nurse or doctor gets sick from Ebola as a result.
Also, the Merck Ebola vaccines are very risky, and should not be give to anyone given the data in my opinion.
I just hope the Pentagon, CIA, FBI etc are going through their check list of things to do to make sure all the hospitals, army, local law enforcement etc are prepared for any Ebola outbreak.
Check Ebola screening protocols also detect people likely to be incubating Ebola.
Check diagnostic tool kits for accuracy, to prevent misdiagnosis and over diagnosis of Ebola.
Check quarantine, isolation and contact tracing procedures.
Check patients suspected of incubating Ebola are kept in isolation and not allowed to mingle with others causing potentially healthy people to be infected in the quarantine centres.
Check biosecurity level 4 protective gear is available and staff are trained to use it.
Check if there is solid evidence risky Merck Ebola vaccines are safe. Answer. No, there is no data showing they are safe and effective.
Course of action. Do not give them to anyone.
Check communication lines function.
Check feedback possible.
Congress allocated funding to hospitals following the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which killed thousands of people across West Africa and led to some patients, mostly health care workers, being treated at U.S. hospitals.
The hope was to concentrate resources in designated hospitals “so that not every state has to develop the same redundant capacity,” said Erika Henry, health care preparedness lead for the Washington Department of Health.
Sacred Heart was the sole applicant for the region and received $2.1 million over five years to build the unit, train staff and run ongoing drills.
“We really felt that being a part of this national approach was better than trying to ignore the problem,” said Peg Currie, chief operating officer for Providence Health Care. “We wanted to create an environment for our caregivers where they had an opportunity to learn from the best and the most experienced people on this particular virus.”