UH Infection Control: Ebola Preparedness Plan is in Place
If a person suspected of having Ebola were to seek care at a University Hospitals facility, UH is prepared. That's the message from Amy Ray, MD, MPH, an infectious disease specialist who has chaired the University Hospitals System Infection Control Committee since 2008.
UH has had an Ebola preparedness plan in place for several months, Dr. Ray says, long before the current situation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. It was developed by the UH System Infection Control Committee, which includes specialists in the prevention of infectious disease, hospital epidemiologists, corporate health employees and supply chain representatives. UH has also established an Ebola task force, led by Michael Anderson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Ron Dziedzicki, Chief Operating Officer at UH Case Medical Center, and Dr. Ray.
The infection control committee has communicated its Ebola preparedness plan throughout the UH system and has urged individual units to pose "what if" scenarios with their employees who provide direct patient care. "Tabletop exercises have been conducted system-wide in the setting of disaster preparedness meetings," Dr. Ray says. "We also routinely include recommendations from the CDC as an important reference." Read more about the precautions being taken by University Hospitals.
For more information consult the CDC website or find out more about travel monitoring guidelines and about what is being done by the City of Cleveland and State of Ohio.