GHS Prepared for Ebola Virus Disease

10/17/2014

GHS Prepared for Ebola Virus Disease

Oxford, NC (October 17, 2014) – Granville Health System (GHS), working in partnership with Granville-Vance District Health Department, has developed a response plan for Ebola Virus Disease based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and local public health partners.

Activation guidelines for the GHS response plan require a primary infection within the continental United States. On Sunday, October 12, a case of primary infection was reported in Dallas, Texas. While there are no reported cases within North Carolina, GHS Infection Control followed protocol, working with managers and staff to activate the plan and implement all recommended measures.

The plan’s protocol screens patients at first point of contact within the public service areas of hospital registration, emergency department, outlying clinics and EMS. During this process patients will initially be asked if they have traveled outside the United States within the last 21 days; specifically within the countries identified by the CDC: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal or Liberia. Patients answering “no” will continue on to their regular process of registration and care. Those answering “yes” will continue on with the screening process. If a potential infection is identified, the patient will remain isolated within 1st Medical in a specially prepared negative pressure room for the entire duration of their hospitalization. Only those Emergency Medicine Clinicians and support staff specifically trained in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) utilization and protocols based on the Ebola System Response Plan will manage the observation and care of the patient.

On Wednesday, October 14, the Duke Region Disaster Medical Response Program Duke Medical Response Plan team conducted an onsite PPE education workshop at Granville Medical Center with clinical training leaders and other members of the Ebola System Response Plan team. In addition, Larry S. Tucker, RN, PCP, Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator for the Duke Medical Response team, Region Disaster Response Program, reviewed Granville Health System’s response plan. Mr. Tucker indicated the plan was comprehensive, utilized appropriate training and protocol measures, and Granville Health System is well prepared.

"We are communicating with state and local agencies as we continue to monitor daily reports,” ”, said Infection Control Director Paula Lewis, RN, CIC. “Our plan was developed with recommendations from the Granville-Vance District Health Department and based on CDC guidelines.”

Granville Health System had initiated pre-planning preparedness for GHS facilities by ensuring that specialized equipment for patient and staff safety was in place and ready for use. GHS has conducted patient triage preparedness drills in the Emergency Department. Infection Control trainings continue to be conducted for our clinical staff in these areas. These exercises will be ongoing. In addition, EMS Medical Director Dr. Ryan Bayley is working with Granville EMS to implement specific NCOEMS recommended protocol.

“We continue to monitor the situation, modifying our response plan with recommendations from our health department, based on the latest updates from the CDC,” said L. Lee Isley, Granville Health System CEO.” Our top priority is the safety of our patients, their families and our staff, ensuring safe access to care for our community.”

About Granville Health System
For more than 94 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home. To meet the growing needs of our community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where you work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. GHS also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at www.ghsHospital.org.
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