Ebola scares continue to pop up across the nation including a few in the Ohio Valley. The latest false alarm was Tuesday in Steubenville.
A patient came into Trinity Health Systems Express Care Tuesday around lunch time with flu-like symptoms and has recently been in contact with someone who traveled to Africa.
The patient was transported to Trinity’s West Campus for potential treatment where he was cleared of being at risk for Ebola.
Officials at Trinity credit the staff’s quick thinking and training for contain what could have been a potentially dangerous situation.
“Our staff was extremely prepared and with our colleagues in the local health departments as well as the local 911,” said JoAnn Mulrooney, the Vice President of Operations at Trinity Health Systems. “It went as smoothly as it could given the fact that this is as close as it gets.”
“A lot of it revolves around communication and I think that was our job to really make sure that that communication was happening but again I’m going to give the credit to our staff,” said Dr. Gray Goncz, Trinity’s Chief Medical Officer.
Although Tuesday proved to be a false alarm, the staff at Trinity knows the Ebola Virus could be a very real threat and they are ready to deal with it.
“Our goal is to keep as few of our staff in contact with those patients, should it be a real Ebola patient,” said Mulrooney. “However we do realize the necessity of having staff members in there. We’ve actually had people step up. Our managers, as well as staff, say ‘I will participate. I am that kind of a nurse that I’m really interested in making sure these patients are well cared for.'”
The patient was cleared Tuesday night when it was determined the person he had contact with had not traveled to an Ebola-infected region in Africa. The patient then received normal medical attention for the flu.