Local hospitals create Ebola response team

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WEST JACKSON — West Tennessee Healthcare has created an Ebola response team with members trained in current protocol for responding to Ebola and other infectious diseases, according to company officials. The team also includes members from the Madison County Health Department. Team members have reviewed screening techniques and protective equipment to be used in the event of a possible Ebola case occurring at any of the company’s facilities, according to a statement from the company. “The type of equipment that we wear depends on how sick a patient is and how infectious that patient may be,” said Tina Prescott, vice president and chief nursing officer. Experts say the items would not just be for those working in the hospital. An EMT responding to a house call of a potential Ebola patient also would wear the protective clothing. The group also drafted a travel history assessment tool for patients. The task force will continue to meet weekly to assess new information and developments from the Centers for Disease Control. The health department also has set up an information hotline for Ebola questions. That number is 731-335-6243, and the area code must be included.

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