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In hospitals across the country and in Northeast Ohio preparations are underway for procedures that likely will never be put into place, preparing for possible Ebola cases. It’s a process that at MetroHealth Medical Center began this summer.

Dr.Jennifer Hanrahan is chair of MetroHealth’s Infection Control Committee, she said the key is identifying potential cases early.

“So that means screening people for travel to one of the affected areas within the last 21 days so that’s something that’s now being done at all of the reception areas and any place where somebody would come into the clinic or the emergency department,” she said. “Then if they have that travel history and they’re having fever plus symptoms of ebola virus infection then those are people that we would immediately isolate.”

At each of these entry points to the hospital are kits filled with masks with a shield and an impermeable suit to protect the health care workers.

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source: Newsnet5.com

LOCAL NEWS: Ebola Protocols Put In Place At Metro Health  was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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