Westchester hospitals implement Ebola precaution plans

While there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in New York, employees in Westchester hospitals are taking extra care. At White Plains Hospital, protective suits remain sealed and in boxes until needed.

News 12 Staff

Oct 17, 2014, 1:54 AM

Updated 3,507 days ago

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Westchester hospitals implement Ebola precaution plans
While there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in New York, employees in Westchester hospitals are taking extra care.
At White Plains Hospital, protective suits remain sealed and in boxes until needed. The suits are a precaution as more and more hospitals in the tri-state area receive potential cases of Ebola.
Signs are posted at the emergency entrance and incoming patients are immediately asked if they've recently traveled to the hotbed area of West Africa.
"We just want to be prepared, and we're getting our folks together and we're teaching them and reteaching them and retraining," says Dr. Erik Larsen, emergency department assistant director at the hospital.
Employees at the hospital have also been participating in practice sessions. A fake patient surprised the emergency department recently, just to keep them on their toes.
News 12 has learned that hospitals in the Hudson Valley have a mutual aid agreement, allowing them to work collectively when supplies run low.
 


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