San Diego hospitals prepare for Ebola

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Monday, Rady’s Children’s Hospital held a simulation drill on what the hospital would do to treat a suspected case of Ebola. The drill comes after a Dallas nurse has come down with Ebola after treating a Liberian man with the disease.

A nurse at Rady’s Children’s Hospital played the role of a mother, whose child showed symptoms of Ebola virus.

In the drill, the mother produced key information as she tells the hospital she has just returned from Nigeria.

The woman was escorted into the hospital, where doctors and nurses were already waiting dressed in protective equipment, masks, gowns, and gloves.

In the drill, the medical staff gets practice in donning the personal protective gear.

Both the mother and child are wheeled into an exam room, isolated from the rest of the emergency department.

The mother was asked again about her child’s symptoms and travel history.

Communication is key.

Doctors will have to evaluate patients and decide if admission is necessary.

It is practice for what will happen if a real Ebola patient turns up. Part of the training also resolves around proper removal of the protective gear.

A safety monitor stood by, watching to see that each article was discarded without touching skin.

Hospital staff later were debriefed. The extra precautions require a different, more deliberate response.

Other hospitals in the area are preparing with similar equipment and training.

The Chief Medical Officer at Scripps Health said Ebola cases in the U.S. Will continue to surface sporadically.

The long term objective is to prepare health care workers to provide the best and of course they very safest response.

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