UW Health Designated by State Health Services to Care for Confirmed Ebola Patients
A note from UW Health leadership:
We all look forward to a time when Ebola ceases to be a devastating epidemic in West Africa and a threat to our global community. We honor those who work toward that goal by volunteering in the African nations where care is most needed, suffering is most intense and containment is most important.
With increased screening and monitoring of travelers returning from Africa, the odds of needing to care for an Ebola patient in Wisconsin are extremely low. We know that patients with Ebola are not contagious until they show symptoms of the disease. And we've seen that with early and proper supportive care in our modern health care system, Ebola is a survivable disease.
Although Ebola is grabbing the spotlight, the annual outbreak of influenza poses much greater risk to our communities and we encourage the annual flu shot as an important preventive measure.
If we are called on to care for a patient with Ebola, the task requires compassion, meticulous planning and in-depth training for those who volunteer to serve. UW Health, along with other systems across the state, has been working for weeks to be ready for the challenge of caring for an Ebola patient. Our expert team has created a plan that includes a dedicated isolation unit and a core group of highly skilled and well-trained physicians, nurses and other caregivers. We acknowledge and thank members of the UW Health care team who have volunteered to care for Ebola victims should the need arise.
Because we're prepared, UW Health has accepted the call by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to be one of the organizations that would care for an Ebola patient in Wisconsin. We're grateful for state and national support and for other Wisconsin health systems joining in the effort to protect the safety of Wisconsin patients, caregivers and communities.
Grounded in our mission - advancing health without compromise - our Ebola preparedness plan does not diminish our ability to safely care for the thousands of other patients we see every day or those who may need our care in the future.
We fervently hope for rapid containment and relief for Ebola-affected areas in Africa. But until the current outbreak ends, we will train and prepare daily to be ready if needed.
About Ebola and Preparedness Efforts
- Learn more from UW Health: Ebola Q&A with Infectious Disease Specialist Nasia Safdar
- Learn more about Ebola and preparedness efforts in Wisconsin: Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
- Learn more about the Ebola virus and the U.S. public health response: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Date Published: 11/02/2014