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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

 

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Prepares for Ebola

Ebola Virus

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System takes the necessary precautions to combat Ebola virus.

Friday, October 17, 2014

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Prepares for Ebola

 

Although the risk of an outbreak in the United States is very low, the 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa.

In the United States, one travel-associated case was diagnosed on Sept 30, 2014. Recently, two nurses who provided care for that patient at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas have also tested positive for Ebola.

The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is taking necessary precautions in the unlikely event that any exposed or potentially infected patient or staff member present at the Ann Arbor VA or the Flint, Jackson and Toledo CBOCs.

Locally, we have convened a task force of clinical experts – led by Dr. Suzanne Bradley, our Infection Control Program Director – to ensure the rapid detection and isolation of exposed patients and to minimize exposure to nurses, providers, staff, patients, and visitors in all of our facilities. Screening protocols and staff training have been initiated in the Emergency Department and Primary Care with additional staff training full implement of the Task Force recommendations in the coming days.

We will be providing regular updates through social media and on our website to keep you informed of our efforts. We are honored to provide high-quality, Veteran-centered care to America’s heroes and know that we are taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our Veterans, staff and community.

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

 

Sincerely,

Robert P. McDivitt, FACHE/VHA-CM, Director

Eric W. Young, M.D., Chief of Staff

Himanshu S. Singh, M.D., Associate Director

Stacey B. Breedveld, R.N., M.S.N, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Catherine B. Kerr, M.H.S.A., Acting Assistant Director

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