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Connecticut hospital tests response with Ebola drill

Hospital Safety Insider, November 20, 2014

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An incoming patient wrapped in a cocoon of thick plastic emerged from the back of an ambulance at Bridgeport (Conn.) Hospital Wednesday and was whisked into the decontamination unit next to the emergency department, according to a report in the Connecticut Post.

Thankfully, it was only practice. The hospital, part of the Yale-New Haven Health System, tested its response should a suspected Ebola patient be brought into the ER. Gov. Dannell Malloy recently mandated that all hospitals in the state be ready to handle Ebola, and last week CDC officials visited facilities in Hartford and New Haven to determine their ability to provide long-term care for Ebola patients, the report said.

As part of the drill, a bright blue tent set up outside the unit was for the medical team to “don and doff” the heavy protective gear, according to CDC regulations, and staff worked in pairs with a third “spotter” checking that the equipment was handled properly, the report said.

 



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