Medindia

X

Conventional Medical Centers Can't Prevent Ebola Spread

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on  October 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM Tropical Disease News   - G J E 4
Spread of Ebola cannot be prevented by conventional medical centers.
 Conventional Medical Centers Can't Prevent Ebola Spread
Conventional Medical Centers Can't Prevent Ebola Spread
Advertisement

A group of infectious disease experts suggests that conventional U.S. medical centers are unprepared and ill equipped to manage Ebola and a national network of specialized containment and treatment facilities may be needed to reduce the virus' spread, according to an article being published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Advertisement
Despite efforts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare hospitals for Ebola, enormous challenges remain. The authors express doubt that conventional settings can adequately prepare and train staff to meet the challenge of a virus that requires significant attention to every detail of care from the safe donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) to waste disposal. With no margin for error, policies and procedures must be reinforced through repetitious training. This level of readiness may be more than traditional medical centers are equipped to handle.

Since very few high-level biocontainment patient facilities exist in the U.S. today, the authors foresee a need for a network of strategically located regional referral centers to which Ebola patients could be transferred for a higher level of care. In the meantime, U.S. medical centers should be meticulously planning and training to care for Ebola patients.

Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All