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Ebola and Emory Healthcare – An Extraordinary Year

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This August marks the first anniversary of Ebola care at Emory, and it was an extraordinary year!

Emory’s experience with Ebola began at the end of July 2014 when two American citizens became infected with the Ebola virus while providing humanitarian aid in West Africa. Both patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were brought to Emory University Hospital and discharged a month later free of the virus.

To date, the Emory Healthcare Ebola Team has successfully treated four patients infected with the Ebola virus. Emory is now an international leader in researching the disease. Our experts have shared their protocols and knowledge gained from treating these patients through a variety of journal publications, training conferences and an extensive public website for health care organizations regarding best practices for safe and effective screening, diagnosis and treatment of Ebola virus disease. Emory is also leading the new National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC), in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (Bellevue Hospital).

A year later, Emory Healthcare Chief Nursing Executive Susan Grant’s words stand out as a representation of the hard work of our staff over the past year and the hard work that is still yet to come: “We can either let our actions be guided by misunderstandings, fear and self-interest, or we can lead by knowledge, science and compassion. We can fear, or we can care.”
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Emory Ebola Team to Receive Award for Exceptional Nursing

Obama at Emory

Last year, President Obama met with Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff involved in the treatment of Ebola patients.

Emory Healthcare has been given the privilege of treating multiple patients infected with Ebola virus. Emory University Hospital’s special isolation unit, built in cooperation with the CDC, is one of four Serious Communicable Disease Units (SCDU) in the U.S. Our highly trained, exceptional staff and physicians are now being honored for the extraordinary care they provided to critically ill patients diagnosed with Ebola virus disease.

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the DAISY Foundation will award Emory’s Ebola Team with the National Patient Safety Foundation’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress on April 29-May 1 in Austin, Texas.

This award stems from the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation’s signature program, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, which is given in over 1,900 health care facilities in all 50 states and in 14 other countries. Nurses who received the DAISY Award within their organizations in 2013 or 2014 were eligible for this new, national award, which places special emphasis on patient and workforce safety. This national award recognizes some of the most exceptional contributions to patient safety by nurses.

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Fourth Patient with Ebola Virus Disease Will Be Transferred to Emory University Hospital

Emory Healthcare New BrandEmory University Hospital is expecting to receive a patient from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas later today, Oct. 15. The patient is the second of two health care workers infected while caring for a patient at the Dallas hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health Resources specifically requested that the patient be transferred to Emory Healthcare.

The patient will be treated in the same isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in which three patients have already been treated. The first two patients were discharged in late August and a third patient is still being treated.

Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient.

Emory is bound by patient confidentiality and has no additional information regarding this patient.

UPDATE: October 28, 2014

Emory University Hospital physicians, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are pleased to report that the Ebola patient from Dallas that arrived on Oct. 15, Amber Vinson, will be discharged today and is free of the virus.

Emory University Hospital will hold a news conference today at 1 p.m., where Bruce Ribner, MD, medical director of Emory’s Serious Communicable Disease Unit, will discuss the discharge of Amber Vinson from the hospital and answer media questions. Amber Vinson will also be present and will make a statement, but will not take questions.

UPDATE: October 20, 2014

A patient who was transported to Emory University Hospital on Sept. 9 with Ebola virus disease was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 19, 2014.

In coordination with the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health, the patient was determined to be free of virus and to pose no public health threat. The patient has asked to remain anonymous and left the hospital for an undisclosed location. He will make a statement at a later date.

The patient was treated in the Serious Communicable Disease Unit in Emory University Hospital. Two other patients who were treated for Ebola virus disease were discharged from the hospital on Aug. 19 and Aug. 21. A fourth patient, who arrived on Oct. 15, 2014, is still being treated for Ebola virus disease in Emory’s Serious Communicable Disease Unit.

UPDATE: October 15, 2014

A patient with Ebola virus disease arrived at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. The patient was transported by air ambulance from Dallas, Texas.

The patient will be treated in the special isolation unit in which three other patients have been treated. Two of those patients were discharged in late August and a third is still being treated.

Emory is bound by patient confidentiality and has no information regarding the status of the patient.

UPDATE: October 15, 2014

Emory is currently caring for a third patient with Ebola virus disease who arrived at Emory University Hospital on Sept. 9. Emory is bound by patient confidentiality and has provided no information regarding the status of the patient.

Given the recent news regarding the diagnosis of Ebola virus disease in health care workers, the patient has requested that we release the following statement, but continue to maintain anonymity:

Statement From Emory University Hospital Patient Recovering From Ebola

“Given the national focus on Ebola, particularly with the diagnosis in two health care workers, I want to share the news that I am recovering from this disease, and that I anticipate being discharged very soon, free from the Ebola virus and able to return safely to my family and to my community.

As a result of the virus, my condition worsened and I became critically ill soon after I arrived at Emory. Through rigorous medical treatment, skillful nursing, and the full support of a healthcare team, I am well on the way to a full recovery. I want the public to know that although Ebola is a serious, complex disease, it is possible to recover and return to a healthy life. I wish to retain my anonymity for now, but I anticipate sharing more information in future weeks as I complete my recovery.”

President Obama Meets Emory Ebola Team

Obama at EmoryPresident Barack Obama met with Ebola experts from Emory Healthcare as part of his Sept. 16 visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Obama visited the Atlanta-based CDC for an update on the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and the U.S. response to it. The president met with Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and others involved with the treatment of Ebola patients here before giving an address where he announced a significant expansion of U.S. efforts to combat the disease.

The president’s meetings with the Emory Healthcare team were closed to the press, but he discussed Emory’s efforts in his public remarks, saying, “Here I have got to commend everybody at Emory University Hospital. I just had the opportunity to meet with Doctors Gartland and Ribner and members of their team and the nurses who — sorry doctors, but having been in hospitals, I know they are the ones really doing the work — and I had a chance to thank them for their extraordinary efforts in helping to provide care for the first Americans who recently contracted the disease in Africa.”

Last month, Emory University Hospital became the first hospital in the United States to treat patients with Ebola virus disease. Emory’s first two Ebola patients, both American citizens who became infected with the virus while providing humanitarian aid in West Africa, were cared for in a special isolation unit. Both were discharged in late August after Emory physicians determined, in collaboration with the CDC and state health departments, that they had recovered from Ebola virus infection and posed no public health concerns.

A third patient with Ebola arrived at Emory from West Africa on Sept. 9 and is being treated in the same isolation unit.

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Emory and Ebola – FAQ’s

Emory Healthcare New BrandEmory Healthcare has been given the privilege of treating multiple patients infected with Ebola virus.  Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for these type of patients. We are honored to have the privilege of caring for these patients who contracted Ebola while serving our global community. It is our moral obligation to always use our expertise, training, knowledge and gifts to provide such extraordinary care for others.

We have prepared the following FAQs to provide more information on the topic of Ebola and Emory’s care for patients infected with this deadly virus. You can also watch this Video Q&A from Emory Healthcare Physicians on Ebola.

About Ebola

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Video Blog: Emory Ebola Patients Discharged

As of yesterday, we confirm that the two Americans infected with the Ebola virus while providing humanitarian aid in West Africa have been discharged from Emory University Hospital. The two patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were the first Ebola patients to be treated in the United States. Writebol was discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and Dr. Brantly was discharged Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Emory’s Bruce Ribner, MD, and Dr. Kent Brantly spoke at a press conference yesterday afternoon, Aug. 21, about their experiences over the last few weeks. Watch a portion of the news conference below to learn more!

Two Ebola Patients Discharged from Emory University Hospital

In an effort to keep our community informed on the status of the Ebola patients being treated at Emory University Hospital, today we confirm that as of this afternoon, both Ebola patients have been discharged from our Infectious Disease Unit at the hospital.

Nancy Writebol was discharged from the Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and Kent Brantly, MD, was discharged today, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

“After a rigorous and successful course of treatment and testing, the Emory Healthcare team has determined that both patients have recovered from the Ebola virus and can return to their families and community without concern for spreading this infection to others,” says Bruce Ribner, MD, medical director of the Emory University Hospital Communicable Disease Containment Unit.

Criteria for the discharge of both patients were based on standard infectious disease protocols and blood and urine diagnostic tests. Our team has maintained its extensive safety procedures throughout this treatment process and is confident that the discharge of these patients poses no public health threat.

“The Emory Healthcare team is extremely pleased with Dr. Brantly’s and Mrs. Writebol’s recovery, and was inspired by their spirit and strength, as well as by the steadfast support of their families,” says Ribner.

The mission of Emory University Hospital is to heal and to advance knowledge. The team of health care professionals who cared for these Ebola patients has trained for years to treat and contain the most dangerous infectious diseases in the world. The experience, understanding and learning that Emory’s medical professionals have gained during this process will be applied, not only to Ebola, but to other emergent diseases that the world may confront in the future.

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Video Blog: Q&A from Emory Healthcare Physicians on Ebola

Emory University Hospital recently received two American patients who contracted Ebola while serving on a humanitarian mission overseas. Emory University Hospital is one of the very few hospitals in the country equipped to provide their care, and our highly trained staff and physicians are ready to provide them outstanding care of the highest quality.

The media and the global community continues to have great interest in both of these patients. Physicians at Emory University Hospital spoke at a press briefing last Friday, Aug. 1 about Ebola patients being treated in a special isolation facility. Watch highlights of their remarks below to learn more.

Answering the Question of Why

Susan Grant, RNWe have received a lot of feedback since the news broke that our team at Emory University Hospital would be caring for two patients who contracted Ebola while serving on a humanitarian mission. In an opinion editorial in Wednesday’s Washington Post, Susan Grant, RN, chief nursing executive for Emory Healthcare, explains the many reasons for Emory’s commitment to helping these patients. Read more here.

What You Need to Know About the Ebola Virus and Emory University Hospital

Emory Healthcare New BrandThere 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.

About Ebola

About Emory University Hospital

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