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Hospital Preparation for Ebola Presented at EMS Dinner

November 20th, 2014

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center held its 4th EMS Dinner and Lecture Series of the year at the Watermill in Smithtown on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. St. Catherine’s Director of Emergency Medical Services Paul Taglienti, MD, began the lecture series with a briefing on “Hospital Preparation for Ebola”, presented to 55 local EMS personnel.

EMS Personnel are highly skilled and specially trained to provided expert pre-hospital emergency care and as confirmed Ebola cases have sprouted in the United States, and very close to home in New York, hospitals and EMS workers need to be educated about the disease and the best protocols for patient care.

CHS hospitals have followed all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the screening, isolation and proper evidence-based management of patients with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). CHS facilities and health care personnel have been preparing for EVD through ongoing education and readiness assessment meetings. This training includes a review of CDC and NYSDOH guidelines, proper use of personal protective equipment and mandatory emergency drills, which have been conducted at all acute care campuses. Additional protective equipment resources are being allocated for the potential care teams, and strict adherence to CDC guidelines is being followed at all campuses for effective screening recognition and isolation in all CHS facilities. Also, facilities will have signage throughout patient entry ways, listing countries where the disease is endemic and asking patients to tell the admitting nurse if they have traveled to any areas of concern. If they have, then appropriate isolation protocols will be initiated.

In addition to the Ebola briefing, St. Catherine’s Medical Director of Endovascular Surgery/Vascular Imaging Morad Awadallah, MD, RPVI, lectured on “Vascular Emergencies”, and St. Catherine’s Attending Physician Matthew Wagner, MD, lectured on “Common Pediatric Orthopedic Injuries.” “I truly enjoyed the topics presented—my personal favorites are emergency preparedness and infectious diseases,” commented an EMS attendee.

St. Catherine’s EMS Dinner and Lectures Series is an initiative coordinated by the Community Outreach Program to foster excellence in health care services through improved communication and education. The medical center offers the free dinner and lecture, including CMS credits for EMS personnel quarterly throughout the year.

St. Catherine's Director of Emergency Medical Services Paul Taglienti, MD, lectured on "Hospital Preparation for Ebola Briefing".

St. Catherine's Medical Director of Endovascular Surgery/Vascular Imaging Morad Awadallah, MD, RPVI, lectured on "Vascular Emergencies".

St. Catherine's Attending Physician Matthew Wagner, MD, lectured on "Common Pediatric Orthopedic Injuries".

For more information about the St. Catherine’s Community Outreach Program, please call (631) 870-3444.

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