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Ebola and Staff Safety

PHSA is taking steps to ensure we are ready to care for an Ebola patient in the unlikely event that a case is confirmed.
Our hospitals, cancer centres, paramedics and clinics have developed procedures for assessing potential Ebola virus and identifying patients with symptoms and a history of travel to the Ebola-affected region.

To date, there are no confirmed cases in the province or within Canada. The Provincial Health Officer has also stated that the risk in B.C. is very low. 

Our Infection Control and Workplace Health groups, along with other professionals at PHSA, 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 (PPE)
  • education and training needs and more

Representatives from PHSA are also participating in a provincial task force, led by the Provincial Health Officer, to collaborate on common areas of concern and to ensure consistency in our response across British Columbia and nationally. The task force is looking at experiences in Dallas and other jurisdictions and will be refining our protocols as we learn from these incidents, so that we can ensure the safety of health-care workers and the public.

 
The safety of our 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. 

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.

 

There is an Ebola Resources page on PHSA’s intranet (POD) – Click Ebola Resources button on the right-hand side of the home page. 

It houses important information for staff and physicians, including:

  • clinical tools and resources
  • key contacts
  • guidance on the correct use of personal protective equipment
  • valuable links to other reliable sources of information.
The Provincial Medical Health Officer’s website is the primary source of information for health professionals and will be updated regularly.


 

PHSA staff and physician resources

There is an Ebola Resources page on PHSA’s intranet (POD) – Click Ebola Resources button on the right-hand side of the home page. 

It houses important information for staff and physicians, including:

  • clinical tools and resources
  • key contacts
  • guidance on the correct use of personal protective equipment
  • valuable links to other reliable sources of information.
The Provincial Medical Health Officer’s website is the primary source of information for health professionals and will be updated regularly.

 

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