For the first time, Berkeley Medical Center ran an Ebola drill to make sure that hospital staff know what to do in case someone comes through the hospital with signs of Ebola.
“What we’re really focused on today, is not only care of the infection disease patient,” said Trauma Coordinator Donnie Grubb. “The real test that we’re doing is our coordination with Ruby Memorial hospital who has been identified as the treatment center in West Virginia.”
The Ebola drill has been in the planning stages for about two years. Health officials report there have been no recent Ebola cases recorded in West Virginia nor should people be concerned, but it’s good to take precaution.
“I’m going to discuss with the caregiver that’s taking care of the patient under investigation how to properly come out of her contaminated clothing,” said a registered nurse who took part in the drilling.
About six months ago, Berkeley Medical Center was approached by the West Virginia Hospital Association to be the first hospital in the state to test the new procedures.
“There is a time frame before symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea which is where you’re going to get your exposure from, the bodily fluids,” said Nurse Director Angela Gray.
The exercise put in place this time around helps the hospital evaluate their readiness and what they can do better the next time, for whatever infectious disease may lie ahead.
“If you are traveling outside of the country especially to Africa and returning to the U.S. and you have any symptoms like fever or abdominal pain, it’s very important to reach somewhere for evaluation,” said Dr. Matthew Simmons, Infectious Disease Physician.
The agencies involved included Berkeley County Health Dept, WV DHHR Office of Threat Preparedness, The State Epidemiologist, Health Team, Ruby Memorial.