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On October 17th a patient with a low grade fever was admitted to UTMC after asserting they were in contact with someone from West Africa. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the patient misrepresented their travel history and contact with any individuals who have recently traveled to West Africa. The patient has no history of contact with anyone exposed to Ebola Virus Disease. There are currently no patients at UTMC who have been exposed to EVD.
UTMC Ebola Preparedness Message
Since July, The University of Toledo Medical Center has been planning for the possibility of a patient with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) being treated at UTMC.
In recent weeks, and following news of EVD cases in Dallas, UTMC’s safety and health leadership has been continually training personnel who are designated to care for a patient with EVD should that situation arise. We have been asking for travel histories from patients who visit the Emergency Department since July.
No staff member will be asked to care for a patient with EVD or Ebola-like symptoms who has not been trained in putting on and taking off EVD protective equipment.
In addition to continual coordination with the Lucas County Health Department, UTMC officials are up-to-date on advisories and information from the Centers for Disease Control. We have also contacted and integrated information from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where they have treated EVD.
While The University of Toledo Medical Center is ready to respond should a patient with Ebola be admitted, please keep in mind that at the present time, per the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, EVD can only be contracted with direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. UTMC will continue to monitor the situation and will update information knowing that this is a very dynamic situation.
Thank you for all you do, and please be on the lookout for additional messages in the days ahead as we adjust to the changing realities around us.
|David Morlock||Carl Sirio, M.D.||Dan Barbee|
|Chief Executive Officer||Chief Operating and Clinical Officer||Vice President, Clinical Affairs|
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