LI hospitals prepare for possible Ebola case
Hospital employees across Long Island are training for a possible Ebola case after two nurses in Texas contracted the virus from a sickened man.
Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Joy Vinson, 29, both treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who was diagnosed with Ebola after coming to the U.S. from Liberia. He died on Oct. 8.
At Nassau University Medical Center, all staff members underwent training to make sure they understand how to handle a potential Ebola patient. NUMC President and CEO Dr. Victor Politi says they have already implemented new procedures for handling lab specimens. They are now triple bagging each one. They also ordered 100 additional water impermeable Tyvek personal protective suits.
In Suffolk, a meeting between multiple county agencies was held Wednesday.
"We want to go through an exercise with different scenarios to find out how [hospitals] would react and what their obligations and concerns are," said Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk's health commissioner.
While Long Island hospitals have been saying they are prepared, state lawmakers say they want proof. Senate Health Chair Kemp Hannon and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos called for a readiness review to be done as soon as possible.