First responders ready for ebola

Ebola has yet to make an appearance in Colorado, but first responders and hospital staff are ready.
Oct. 13, 2014

Ebola has yet to make an appearance in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean that emergency response teams aren’t getting ready for the worst.

“If we identify that a patient has been in contact with Ebola or has taken a trip to West Africa, we’re going to take more precautions to make sure that our caregivers are safe as well as our patient,” said American Medical Response spokesman Douglas Moore.

Examination and observation are processes that hospital staff are familiar with. “Ebola is something new for us,” said Heather Finch, Clinical Manager of the Emergency Department at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, “but certainly the precautions and level of care you want to give isn’t any different. It’s just about paying attention and reinforcing that learning.”

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UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. With 24,000 employees, UCHealth includes 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.