Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
South Shore Hospital Puts Ebola Virus in Perspective
While there have been no confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases in Massachusetts, South Shore Hospital is vigilant in planning a pathway of readiness in the unlikely event the disease appears in our community.
Colleagues and providers across our Health System are confident in the established protocols that have been implemented—to detect potentially infected patients, and to protect hospital workers, patients and visitors. Our strategic EVD Preparedness Team has been established to implement safeguards, including training on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) above CDC recommendations, for people in areas most likely to provide direct care. Colleagues are regularly practicing the use of PPE.
The Infection Control Team led by Todd Ellerin, MD, director of infectious disease, has been sharing the latest recommendations, protocols and education with all members of the organization’s health care teams, to ensure acuity in identifying potential cases. “Though we are at low risk of encountering Ebola, we feel awareness, education and communication are key components in monitoring for signs of the illness and most importantly to keep it from spreading,” Ellerin said.
The CDC has also created a dedicated Response Team that can be sent to any hospital with a confirmed case of Ebola, within hours to assist through hands-on, expert support and training on infection control, health care safety, medical treatment, waste and decontamination, public education and more.
In the unlikely event that we should have a confirmed case of the disease, our Health System is taking steps to assure our preparedness to safeguard our patients, their families, our visitors and our colleagues.