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Ebola Preparedness & Information

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Nov/03/2014

ATTENTION PATIENTS

If you have a fever or illness

AND

Have traveled in


GUINEA, SIERRA LEONE, LIBERIA,
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO 

in the last 21 days OR had contact with someone
who has or is suspected to have the Ebola virus.

Please CALL 9-1-1 BEFORE ENTERING
our facility. Tell the operator about your symptoms and travel history. This will help public health officials direct you to the right location and quickly provide you with the best care possible.

 

There are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in Florida.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the risk of an outbreak in our nation remains quite low, Sarasota Memorial is taking this threat very seriously and the precautionary steps necessary to be as prepared as possible in the event someone who has contracted or been exposed to the Ebola virus comes to our hospital for care.

What we are doing to safeguard our hospital:

We are dedicated to protecting our patients, visitors, volunteers, nurses, physicians and entire staff while providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients. Following are some of the steps we have taken to ensure we are as prepared as we can be:  

• We have a specialized task force – led by our hospital epidemiologist, chief nursing officer and chief medical operations officer – who continue to monitor the situation and ensure we have the equipment and training needed to help ensure that our patients and staff are protected.

• We're working closely with public health officials and continually updating our emergency management plans with best practices and the latest recommendations issued by the CDC, World Health Organization and Florida Department of Health.   

• We continue to train and re-train our staff on the risks, signs and symptoms of Ebola, and have put in place a registration and emergency triage process to identify patients' travel history and incorporate additional Ebola screening questions for early detection and care.

• We have assembled a specialized team of physicians, nurses, emergency management and clinical and support staff from across our organization who are undergoing comprehensive and ongoing training and have volunteered to be on a rapid response team that stands ready 24/7 to safely care for a potential Ebola patient.

• We have the ability to quickly isolate those with Ebola or other infectious diseases in negative pressure rooms and ensure the normal operation of the hospital and safe care for other patients in our facility.

For more information:

For the most up-to-date information about the Ebola virus locally and nationally, visit the CDC and Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County websites at:

CDC

Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County

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