Hospital Preparations for Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Patients and Experience Gained from Admission of an Ebola Patient

January 22, 2016 at 8:57 am

EID FEB 2016 V.22 N.2

J.J. Mark Haverkort, A.L.C. (Ben) Minderhoud, Jelte D.D. Wind, Luke P.H. Leenen, Andy I.M. Hoepelman, and Pauline M. Ellerbroek

University Medical Centre of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands (J.J.M. Haverkort, A.L.C. Minderhoud, L.P.H. Leenen, A.I.M. Hoepelman, P.M. Ellerbroek); University Medical Centre of Utrecht Major Incident Hospital, Utrecht (J.J.M. Haverkort, J.D.D. Wind, L.P.H. Leenen, P.M. Ellerbroek)

The Major Incident Hospital of the University Medical Centre of Utrecht has a longstanding history of preparing for the management of highly pathogenic and infectious organisms. An assessment of the hospital’s preparations for an outbreak of viral hemorrhagic fever and its experience during admission of a patient with Ebola virus disease showed that the use of the buddy system, frequent training, and information sessions for staff and their relatives greatly increased the sense of safety and motivation among staff. Differing procedures among ambulance services limited the number of services used for transporting patients. Waste management was the greatest concern, and destruction of waste had to be outsourced. The admission of an Ebola patient proceeded without incident but led to considerable demands on staff. The maximum time allowed for wearing personal protective equipment was 45 minutes to ensure safety, and an additional 20 minutes was needed for recovery.



Entry filed under: Biología Molecular, Epidemiología, F.O.D, FIEBRE en el POST-VIAJE, GUIDELINES, Infecciones emergentes, Infecciones virales, Medicina del viajero, Metodos diagnosticos, REPORTS, Sepsis, Update.

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