Our hospitals, cancer centres, paramedics and clinics have been given step-by-step procedures for assessing potential Ebola virus and identifying patients with symptoms and a history of travel to the Ebola-affected region.
Our Infection Control group has been focused on Ebola preparedness for some time and has addressed a number of key areas, including:
- Triage and assessment
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Infection prevention and control
- Lab processes
- Workplace health and safety requirements
- Personal protective equipment
- Education and training needs and more
The safety of staff and patients in dealing with a virus like this is our highest priority. We have learned valuable lessons from our experiences with SARS and H1N1 and are using these learnings to shape how we respond to other infectious diseases, like Ebola.
This means that we are providing staff across PHSA with information and training in assessing possible Ebola cases.
There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Canada and the risk to Canadians remains very low. We are watching and learning from what is happening around the world – refining our protocols and procedures to ensure our staff and the people we serve are as safe as possible for the unlikely event that an Ebola case arrives in British Columbia.