BOSTON (WPRI) – A male patient is in isolation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Hospital officials said the man had recently traveled to Liberia and is experiencing symptoms similar to that of Ebola.
Dr. Kenneth Sands, Chief Quality Officer at Beth Israel, said the hospital has a trained team who was prepared to treat the patient upon arrival. Hospital officials assessed the patient before testing him for Ebola. “We are pulling out protocols that we have prepared for, trained for, that our staff are aware of … We have put the patient in a unit which is specially designed to protect the unit and staff.” said Dr. Sands.
The Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts Dept. of Health representatives recommended careful precautions inside the hospital.
“It involves special facilities, arrangements so that there is a barrier between the patient’s room and the rest of the institution. The ventilation systems are protective. The personnel that are in contact with the patient have special protective gear that they’ve been trained to wear and that meet the standards with this infectious disease.” Dr. Sands said in a press conference Sunday.
The man was first brought to Harvard Vanguard Medical Center in Braintree Sunday afternoon. As a precaution, the clinic was temporarily shut down. Staff reopened the clinic after crews securely took the patient to Beth Israel in Boston.
Medical experts in Boston are convinced they have this potential case under control.”We feel comfortable that it is working in a way that protects our patients and our staff.” adds Dr. Sands. The patient will remain in isolation until the assessment is complete.
There are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in Massachusetts.