By now, I’m sure you all have had just about your fill of news coverage about Ebola. And there’s a good chance your facility has upgraded or even changed its intake, security, and infection control protocols to comply with the newest CDC protocol recommendations.
Make no mistake, however. The threat of an outbreak is still out there, as the disease has not been controlled in Africa, and even though the patient count here in the United States has stabilized and the media frenzy has died down a bit, now is not the time to be complacent.
All it takes is one positive case to walk through your doors to change the game, and now is the time to take the lessons learned in Texas and other healthcare facilities to strengthen your own preparations for an Ebola case.
Are your sure that your staff are properly trained to quickly put the proper PPE on, and work in a stressful environment if an Ebola patient walks in to your facility? How will you disinfect your patient rooms properly so that there is no chance of spreading the infection?
From a public relation standpoint, how will you deal with a confused public, or patients who may need to be quarantined? As we saw in Maine recently with the case of a nurse who challenged the government’s attempts at a forced quarantine, there are many unanswered questions that remain about Ebola and the proper response and preparation of healthcare facilities.
We here at HCPro are committed to making sure you get the most up-to-date information, and I invite you to participate in a very special 60-minute webinar that will cover all the latest information, and answer any questions you my still have aboutpreapring for an Ebola outbreak.
The show, Ebola: How to Prepare Your Facility, will take place on Monday, November 17 from 1-2 p.m. Our featured speakers will include Marge McFarlane, an infection control expert for more than 30 years, and healthcare security expert Tom Smith, who was in charge of maintaining hospital security for facilities in North Carolina during the SARS outbreak in 2002.
By the end of the show, you’ll learn how to maintain ongoing communication regarding the situation both inside and outside the doors of your facility, povide your staff and security team with the tools they will need to maintain order and properly intake and triage patients in the event of a major outbreak of Ebola or similar disease, have an understanding of the PPE and isolation needs necessary to protect others from contracting Ebola, and identify how to properly manage, dispose of, and transport hazardous medical waste that will be generated during an Ebola outbreak.
More importantly, the show is being designed around YOU. We will be sure to allow plenty of time for questions you may have as the situation changes from day to day. For more information or to register, click here to visit the HCPro Marketplace .