DOVER -- In response to a request from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Union Hospital at Dover has conducted a drill to handle a suspected case of the Ebola virus.

The drill held Friday, Oct. 17, involved a suspected Ebola patient who arrived at the hospital's Emergency Department and presented symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus, including reported contact with someone infected with the virus.

Hospital staff members routinely receive training and have policies and procedures in place for handling patients with suspected infectious diseases, and have been receiving specific guidance and instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the ODH concerning the handling of suspected Ebola virus cases, said Bruce James, president and chief executive officer of Union Hospital.

The hospital's top priority is for the health and safety of its patients, visitors and staff, James said.

The drill included the isolation of the patient, proper use and removal of personal protective equipment by staff, moving the patient safely, treating the patient, minimizing the number of staff members coming into contact with the patient and proper cleaning and maintenance of the patient's room.

The participants in the drill and observers will be reviewing their findings which will help the hospital identify opportunities for improvement in preparation and procedures, James said.

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