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Ebola Response Preparations

Cape Cod Healthcare is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to detect potential Ebola virus cases, so that we will protect our patients, employees and the community appropriately. We are confident that we have a solid response plan in place for seamless communication, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up for any suspected Ebola case. Ensuring the health and safety of every patient, visitor and staff member is the primary mission of CCHC. We are deeply committed to maintaining the highest standards and most current protocols and training in order to minimize the risk of anyone contracting an infectious disease, like Ebola virus.

CCHC has extensive experience with emergency preparedness and our teams frequently practice emergency scenarios with our town and county partners. We have had many recent discussions with them specific to Ebola.

CCHC’s Infection Prevention Director Georgia Dash, RN, MS,CIC, and her team began training Emergency Center staff at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital on Ebola virus identification and treatment in early September. Since then, clinical and administrative teams from both hospitals have been meeting regularly to go over our response plan and make sure it matches with the latest recommendations from CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Training teams have met with physicians, nurses, technicians and others in the Emergency Center and other departments at both hospitals to relay the protocol and instruct in up-to-date procedures for putting on and taking off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which is worn during the treatment of anyone suspected of having Ebola. We have also prepared plans and inventoried our equipment with our facilities team, local EMS and suppliers, and tested our technology and reviewed operational details at the micro level.

Early detection is important. If you have traveled to West Africa in the past 21 days and are experiencing a fever or signs and symptoms of the flu, please notify your healthcare provider.

It’s important to remember that the Ebola virus is not airborne. It is spread through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.