Health-care providers tell lawmakers Ebola plans in place

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Health-care providers have told state lawmakers that the medical community is increasingly prepared to deal with Ebola patients.

Representatives of hospitals, community health centers, primary-care physicians and home health aides were asked Tuesday to give presentations to the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee on Ebola readiness.

The Providence Journal reports that Peter Karczimar, president of the Rhode Island Medical Society, said, “We feel everything is being done.”
Hospital Association of Rhode Island President Michael Souza said he was satisfied with the results of an Ebola plan developed by the state Health Department.

Souza said hospitals have volunteered for “stress tests” to verify their preparedness, developed staffing plans and listed protective medical clothing and trained staff in their proper use.

No Ebola cases have been diagnosed in Rhode Island.

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