Forrest General Hospital Ebola Information
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (October 24, 2014) Forrest General Hospital has a plan in place to address Ebola. Training and drills have been underway to assure staff that safety measures are in place for their protection and the protection of patients. A safe environment for both employees and patients is the number one priority. Plans will continue to be adjusted as new information is provided by the Center for Disease Control.
Officials state that issue or crisis management and infection control protocols are nothing new to the healthcare environment. Plans are continually reviewed and drills conducted to ensure that employees are prepared to respond.
An isolation area has been identified and employees are equipped with the personal protective equipment (PPE) should the need arise. A special team has been put in place to respond if an Ebola patient is identified. This team will not be caring for other hospital patients. Several hospital employees have volunteered to be a part of this group.
Forrest General is following the protocols of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and encourages everyone to be educated on the symptoms and criteria of Ebola as listed below:
Fever of greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage AND travel to West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone or other countries where EVD transmission has been reported by the World Health Organization) within 21 days (3 weeks) of symptom onset.