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How prepared is ProMedica for an Ebola patient?

(Toledo News Now) - Ebola tests on a 10-year-old boy came back negative for Ebola, but positive for malaria.

Toledo-Lucas County Health Department officials have said the patient will be removed from the Toledo Children's Hospital ICU because malaria is not transmitted person-to-person. He will be treated with anti-parasitic drugs.

But what would have happened if he, or someone else, did test positive for Ebola?

Staff at ProMedica are fully trained and follows screening criteria from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the event that a highly-contagious virus like Ebola were to ever be transmitted in the area.

One requirement from those guidelines involve the patient coming from an area with active Ebola cases, such as West Africa, or being exposed in a healthcare setting to another patient with the virus.

One must also show symptoms indicative of the virus, like fever, vomiting, fatigue, abdominal pain, etc.

Once they meet those screening criteria, then ProMedica staff would initiate the protocols where healthcare professionals protect themselves, the patient, and anyone else in the vicinity.

“We trained our staff members to put on and take off protective equipment in appropriate ways so that if we were to ever get an Ebola patient, anybody that was under suspicion for Ebola, we would be ready and we would have the right individuals in the room that had the proper training, the proper equipment, and be able to safely care for the patient and safely care for the staff members and workers that are taking care of that patient at that time,” said Dr. Brian Kaminski of ProMedica.

All medical professionals at ProMedica hospitals are trained following the CDC guidelines, with the goal of avoiding transmission of the virus.

For more information on the CDC's Ebola guidelines, click here.

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