Update on infectious disease preparedness at Providence
October 22, 2014
Providence Health & Services is preparing its ;Ebola and infectious disease protocols by reviewing and increasing efforts to ensure high quality care and safety for our patients and caregivers (all employees).
Out of an abundance of caution, we are increasing the use and practice of screening measures to identify potential cases of infectious disease. These include:
- Identifying a patient’s recent travel history
- Diagnosing any physical symptoms a patient may be experiencing
- Using personal protective equipment
To ensure consistent education and training, we will be practicing these procedures. Local teams are being created to lead these efforts and make certain staff is trained on patient screening, use of personal protective equipment and other preventive measures. If patients are identified to be at risk of having or spreading an infectious disease, Providence caregivers are prepared to follow appropriate protocols, which may include patient isolation, distribution of appropriate protective equipment for caregivers and patients, restricting visitation and implementing environmental infection control measures. Disease testing only occurs after a screening threshold is met and the patient is identified as a risk.