There has been much discussion about bringing patients with Ebola back into our country. Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff can treat them safely and effectively, and we are honored to have the privilege of caring for these patients who contracted Ebola while serving on a humanitarian mission. These two Americans want to come back home and be treated here, and we are committed to helping them. It is our moral obligation to always use our expertise, training, knowledge and gifts to provide such extraordinary care for others.
Emory University Hospital is one of the very few hospitals in the country equipped to provide their care. Our highly trained staff and physicians are ready to receive both patients and provide them outstanding care of the highest quality. The patients will be housed in a physically separate and highly specialized unit that was intentionally designed and constructed to receive patients such as these.
We have prepared the following FAQs to provide more information on the topic of Ebola and Emory’s care for these patients. You can also watch this Video Q&A from Emory Healthcare Physicians on Ebola.
- What is Ebola?
- What are the symptoms of Ebola?
- How is it spread?
- How do you treat Ebola?
- If I come into contact with staff who are treating the infected patients, can I get Ebola?
- Can I be a carrier for Ebola?
- How serious is Ebola?
- Since this virus has never been in the United States, how do we know how to treat it?
About Emory University Hospital
- Is it safe to come to Emory University Hospital?
- What precautions is the hospital taking to avoid contamination?
- How will waste be disposed of for these patients?
- What is the special unit being used to house the infected patients?
- What kind of training does the staff at Emory University Hospital undergo to provide care for the infected patients?
- Will there be other patients on this special unit?
- What kind of access will be put in place on the isolation unit? Will there be security? What about visitors?
- Why are we bringing the infected patients to Emory University Hospital? Why can’t the patients be treated in Africa or somewhere else?
- When did Emory University Hospital learn of the possibility of receiving these infected patients?
- If the Ebola virus is transmitted in the same way HIV and Hepatitis B or C are transmitted, why are there so many precautions (hazmat suits, protective gear, isolation unit) being put into place?
- Have both patients received an experimental serum as part of their treatment?
- How did the patient get from the plane to the unit without exposing anyone?
- How are the transport crews protected?
- Will you be providing any updates on the patients?
- What containment level is Emory’s unit? Is it considered a BSL-4 facility?
- Why couldn’t Emory send its doctors and equipment to provide supportive care in Africa?
- Emory University Hospital Prepares for Ebola Patients
- Answering the Question of Why
- Two Ebola Patients Discharged from Emory University Hospital
- Video Blog: Emory Ebola Patients Discharged
- Video Blog: Q&A From Emory Physicians on Ebola