According to ABC 6/ Fox 28, healthcare workers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said they are concerned about the nurses who are recovering from Ebola in Texas. “Our hearts go out to them absolutely and at the same time we are able to learn from experiences at other organizations and that is what we are able to do on a daily basis,” said nurse manager Erin Farrell.
Farrell said they have started an “educational blitz” at OSU, and are practicing putting on and removing protective gear every day. They are now doing that on the buddy system to make sure nobody skips any steps or accidentally gets contaminated. “It’s increased our comfort level with using the personal protective gear, it’s increased our comfort level with screening those patients. I think that it’s been a great way to calm our team down and like I said, increase that comfort level,” said Farrell.
OSU posted signs on the doors to their medical center to alert potential Ebola patients about screening protocols and they are beefing up isolation protocols.
Workers tell us so far they have not seen an uptick in the number of people coming into the emergency department with symptoms that may mimic the deadly virus, but they are bracing for that as we head into flu season.