Eau Claire (WQOW) – Imagine a patient with Ebola, a highly contagious virus, is on their way to a Minnesota hospital, but must first stop at a hospital in Eau Claire.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital staff held an Ebola transport drill on Thursday, to practice EMS transfers. Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that can cause severe bleeding, organ failure and even death. Health officials said contagious viruses like Ebola can be dangerous for hospital staff. So, it’s extremely important to practice protocol.
“Protecting ourselves from any type of illness is really paramount, especially in the emergency services field, where we have sick patients entering and exiting our facility day in and day out,” said Robin Schultz, director of emergency services at Sacred Heart. “So, the big thing is to take care of ourselves and each other so we don’t become a vector or a transmitter of diseases.”
Health officials said this transport drill is being evaluated. Schultz said procedures include eliminating contact between the patient and anyone outside of their isolation pod all together. She said each pod used to keep the patient isolated costs $15,000. Each pod can only be used once.