Connecticut hospitals say they are ready for Ebola

Greenwich Hospital and other Connecticut hospitals say they are ready to deal with patients who might be infected with Ebola. Health care professionals on the frontline of infection control say it

News 12 Staff

Oct 8, 2014, 2:04 AM

Updated 3,539 days ago

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Greenwich Hospital and other Connecticut hospitals say they are ready to deal with patients who might be infected with Ebola.
Health care professionals on the frontline of infection control say it is their job to contain viruses such as Ebola, and that they have the necessary training.
Local hospital officials say disinfectants are key to eliminating viruses from each patient's room, and that bleach can kill Ebola. Stamford Hospital also uses ultraviolet light technology to zap germs for deep cleanings. 
Greenwich Hospital nurse Carolyn Bender, who helps lead infection-prevention efforts, says face shields are key to keeping bodily fluids, such as vomit or blood, from spattering on health-care workers.
Dr. James Sabetta, who specializes in infectious diseases, says those measures are often used in addition to a mask that fits tightly enough to keep out droplets.
Dr. Sabetta and others believe in erring on the side of caution when it comes to possibly dealing with Ebola patients in southwestern Connecticut.
In additional to being spread through bodily fluids, the Ebola virus can live on surfaces for a while. Health officials don't believe the virus is airborne.


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