Since the emergence of the Ebola virus in the U.S., CaroMont Health has
been working diligently to further develop its emergency response plans
and processes to ensure the continued health and safety of our patients,
visitors and employees.
While the risk of Ebola spreading in our community is low, CaroMont Health
understands the seriousness of the disease and is responding to the situation
appropriately. We want our community to know that we are prepared.
CaroMont Health’s Ebola Preparedness Team, in collaboration with
Gaston County Health and Human Services and other Gaston County agencies,
are closely monitoring the national situation and continuing to support
its medical staff and clinics to be prepared to meet any challenges our
community may encounter.
For more than a month our Ebola Preparedness Team, comprised of infectious
disease experts, medical personnel and health system leadership, has been
building on the infection control plans that we have had in place for
many years to address patients who present to our facilities, including:
Implementing internal policies to steer the
immediate isolation, management and treatment of patients suspected of being exposed to Ebola.
- Screening ALL patients who present to any CaroMont Health facility or clinic
regarding their travel history.
- Requiring staff to follow strict infection control prevention protocols,
including hand washing, cleaning and disinfection of patient equipment
and environment, and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Educating clinical staff to recognize the symptoms of Ebola and steps to
take should a patient present with these symptoms.
Providing necessary protective equipment and infection prevention protocols
based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
ur PPE protocol offers complete body coverage using Tyvex suits.
- Minimizing staff exposure by identifying units that will care for these
patients including the Emergency Department, Infectious Disease, Acute
Care and Critical Care. These staff members will receive hands-on training
and extensive support to ensure they are prepared to protect themselves
Protecting our patients, visitors and employees is our top priority, and
the planning and guidance of our infection prevention team will ensure
that we are well prepared to provide excellent care in a safe environment.
Todd Davis, MD, Vice President, Patient Safety, Quality and Medical Affairs Officer