MADISON - Hospitals prepare for Ebola
In a training drill Thursday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, a woman came into the emergency room and said she had a 102-degree fever and recently traveled to Sierra Leone. Hospital staff promptly put on protective gear and took her to an isolation room with negative air pressure, where, in an actual scenario, they would draw blood to see if she had Ebola virus.
With two nurses in Dallas sickened this month with Ebola after treating the first patient in the U.S. with the virus, hospitals across the country are stepping up precautions.
Meriter Hospital staff met Thursday to review Ebola protocols and scenarios, and staff are being trained how to use protective gear, spokeswoman Leah Huibregtse said.
Concern about Ebola led UW Hospital to activate its incident command center this week to level 2, meaning daily meetings are held among all departments potentially affected, spokeswoman Lisa Brunette said.