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Delmarva Hospitals Say They Are Prepared For Ebola

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 CAMBRIDGE, Md.- It's a sight no one on Delmarva wants to see.  As an ambulance rushes to the hospital, some silently wonder if and when a patient will present themselves at a local hospital with the Ebola virus.

While the temptation is to say "that couldn't happen here", it's still something hospitals on Delmarva are preparing for. 

WBOC spoke to officials at Kent General Hospital in Dover Tuesday, who say they are creating a training video showing how to use their in-house equipment, and are also conducting drills with the staff most likely to interact with an ebola case to be sure they are ready.

We also spoke with Shore Regional Health, the group in charge of hospitals in Chestertown, Easton, and Cambridge. While they wouldn't let us in to see for ourselves, they say they're ready if ebola reaches the Mid-Shore, and sent us the following statement.

"the US Public Health service is on point for this but hospitals and health systems such as ours are an important part of the readiness. We have been working with our team and our partners in public health and the department of emergency services for several weeks in readiness operations. We are communicating with our team members, medical staff and volunteers. We have prepared our three hospitals, the freestanding emergency center and nearly 30 other shore regional health locations, including physician offices, for appropriate screening, internal communications and response; and we are prepared with necessary supplies and facilities for isolation, as we must be at all times for a variety of public health situations. All UMMS hospitals and hospitals throughout the state are cooperating in preparedness actions."

Cheryl Littlefield, the emergency management coordinator at Beebe Medical Center in Sussex county says they are also phasing in screenings at theirsatellitee locations, and taking steps to protect staff.

"No one has ever had to deal with the ebola like we have now in the United States.  So what we're trying to do is prepare our staff the best way they can be when it comes to putting on the personal protection equipment.  We call them PPEs and taking it off.  We are doing hands on, we're doing video, we're doing instructional handouts," said Littlefield.

And of course a major step all hospitals are taking is more thorough screening of new patients as they come in the door.



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