Welcome to the Central Peninsula Hospital Ebola Resource and Education Page
This website was designed to be a source of information for CPH employees regarding the Ebola virus. As we all know, Ebola has dominated the U.S. news since late September. This was due to the first U.S. Ebola incident when patient Thomas Duncan presented at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and was diagnosed with sinusitis and sent home. Mr. Duncan returned two days later in an ambulance and was diagnosed with Ebola. We must all THINK EBOLA.
CPH has been screening every patient entering our facilities with the CDC algorithm since October. While every CPH employee would not be directly involved in a potential Ebola patient's care, we will all be impacted and prepared to provide quality care to other patients in the hospital. We most likely will never see an Ebola case at CPH, but preparation and training for a potential case will make us a better and a more prepared hospital for our community. CPH is considered a Frontline Healthcare Facility according to the CDC which means a suspected Ebola patient would not be admitted to CPH and would be transported within 12-24 hours. The patient would be kept in the Emergency Department until transported to an Ebola assessment hospital or an Ebola treatment center.
What makes Ebola different from the infectious diseases that we commonly treat? It is new to the United States and it can be very deadly. In addition, a patient in the later stages of Ebola produces far more infectious fluids than any prior disease we treat at hospitals. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the main line of defense to protect you. If you are part of the team that has been training to provide care and support, it is important that you know every step not only in the PPE donning process (putting on), but even more important to know the PPE doffing process (removing PPE).
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