Importance of Working Together to Prevent Spreading Ebola

MANHASSET, NY – To help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, more than a hundred local first responders on Wednesday took part in an educational session hosted by the North Shore-LIJ Health System explaining Ebola protocols and ways first responders can keep themselves, their patients and the community safe.

The educational session at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, featuring several medical practitioners such as Michael Guttenberg, DO, director of emergency medicine at Forest Hills Hospital; Donna Armellino, DNP, North Shore-LIJ’s vice president of infection prevention; and John D’Angelo, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s chairman of emergency medicine, included explanations about how Ebola is transmitted and a demonstration of how to properly put on and take off the highest level of protective gear – Level III. 

An ambulance with protective shielding was also on hand for the local firefighters, emergency medical service workers and other first responders to see how North Shore-LIJ is planning to safely transport a potential Ebola virus patient between facilities, if necessary.

Eddie Reyes, RN, North Shore-LIJ’s emergency manager coordinator, stresses the importance of developing an Ebola preparedness plan, practicing the plan and not becoming complacent. He urged the first responders present Wednesday night that complacency could lead to mistakes that would spread the Ebola virus.

 To see more of Mr. Reyes’ message to first responders, watch the video below.

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