Emory University Hospital Prepares for Ebola Patients

Emory Healthcare New BrandAs you’ve heard in the media, Emory University Hospital plans to receive a patient with Ebola virus infection in the next several days. Please be assured that our hospital is prepared and ready to handle this situation. We have a highly specialized, isolated unit in the hospital that was set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. This unit is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. In fact, Emory University Hospital is one of just four facilities in the entire country with such a specialized unit.

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. For this specially trained staff, these procedures are practiced on a regular basis throughout the year, so we are fully prepared for this type of situation.

Updated:  August 1, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

In a press conference held Friday afternoon, Emory University Hospital confirmed it will treat two patients with Ebola virus infection who are being transported by air ambulance from Africa.

Please rest assured that it is safe for patients and their family members to come to Emory University Hospital. The Ebola virus is not an airborne virus. In other words, it cannot be contracted by casual contact (walking by a person, etc.).  It can be contracted only through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as direct contact with the blood of an infected patient.

Updated:  August 5, 2014, 4:32 p.m.

In a statement made Tuesday afternoon, Emory University Hospital confirmed that a second American patient with Ebola virus has been transferred from an overseas location to a special isolation facility in Emory University Hospital for treatment as anticipated. After ambulance transfer from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, the patient arrived at Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Our expertly trained physicians, nurses and staff at Emory University Hospital safely and securely received the second patient.

In the interest of patient privacy, we will not be providing updates on the patients’ conditions; however, you can continue to find answers to frequently asked questions here.

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  • Sharon M.

    I have no doubt that you will have it all under control. I have never been to a better hospital than Emory!

  • Sara

    Why though???? Why? why? why? why? why? Who in the world approved this idiodic idea? Do you not hear your country react? Let me sum it up: Stupid! Shame on you all for exposing the risk to our country, I dont care what PR crafted message you give to ease the population that this is safe. Stupid!

  • Paula G.

    I vote NO.

  • Virginia E.

    I sincerely this facility understands the seriousness of this quick-acting FATAL virus!! Please be careful for this nation’s sake and safety & good luck!!

  • Brad

    You are setting yourself up for a disaster politically
    No matter how good you deal with this it
    Will open the doors for every sniffle to be
    Treated as “is it ebola my child has?” Not
    To mention goes beyond all comprehension of why
    You want to do this? They know when they signed up they do not
    Have this luxury they signed up for this and now
    No matter how careful you are you are taking a chance
    With my family. I cannot bring a fruit from another
    Country without a penalty but you can bring a
    Worker that knew the risks with Ebola here. Stupid
    Just stupid when the lawsuits start you will regret this move.
    They will bankrupt what is a great hospital.

  • Calvin Maestro MD

    Subject: the current plan to allow Ebola infected American patients back into the U.S, from East Africa.

    To paraphrase a dialogue line from the movie, The Lost World: Jurassic Park II, where Dr. Ian Malcolm turns to Peter Ludlow, InGen’s CEO, and as to the plan to take a dangerous dinosaur off the island and bring it to mainland America….. Ian says: “This is the worst idea in a long line of bad ideas.”

    If Bio Level-4 laboratories cannot safely handle dangerous and infective agents, then what makes you believe that any hospital can contain the Ebola virus?

    Ebola will find a way to get out! See the movie’s next line. cjm

  • Olga L.

    May God’s blessing and protection be with all the healthcare providers and employees at the hospital for the care you’ll be providing the 2 Ebola patients. These 2 patients are angels that need your help. I wish them a speedy recovery as well as a healthy life to all the workers at Emory University Hospital. You’re all angels.

    • FJ


  • Bob S.

    Thank You so much for your dedication for the two patients with Ebola. I’m a paramedic and as a first responder our families prayers go out to the patients and to all of your dedicated staff who unselfishly are helping these patients. People are lashing out at you. That’s what’s wrong with society today just think about me and not one another. These patients did not choose this evil disease and they deserve a chance to live. All of us up here in No Ky in the fire service will be watching closely to see how this progresses. I would not hesitate in a second to provide field treatment and transportation to one of these patients.

    God Bless all of you

  • Betty Mc

    It is beyond my scope of comprehension why this disease is being brought to our country. What happened to my voice? Why do the people of this country and state not get a say in this lunatic dicision? What is really the end game? Who stands to gain from this? I know that there is no concern for these Ebola victims, but strictly for what someone may gain from bringing them here. All it takes is one careless move and this disease is out in our country. One person that brings it home to their family right when kids are about to go back to school. Or was this the plan all along? People are going to panic at a mere sneeze or tummy ache and flood our hospitals. Nothing good can come from this. It will get out.

    • Maria M

      STOP the hysteria! These are two Americans who need superior health care and Emory is the premier facility for infectious diseases. If you were there doing Humanitarian work, and got sick, I’d want you to have a chance to survive by coming back to our superior medical facilities.

  • Ashley O.

    Please, reconsider the hosting of the Ebola Patients at this facility. This is an entire continent with no cases of Ebola infection that we are putting at risk. This virus has NO CURE and NO TREATMENT… until we have advanced to a treatment, or a cure, we should be studying this virus off shore… Not on a continent where a possible infection would yield an epidemic that we could not fight. We do not even have the weapons to fight this disease at the moment. We would have no defense. Please do not be the facility to contaminate our nation and our continent. The risk at this time highly out weighs the benefit because we have no potential defense.

  • Marie

    What about the transport process. How will the crews that transport this patient be protected. Because if the crew are infected and go home to their families……we still have an outbreak

  • Stephen T.

    This is an incredibly naive mistake to believe this hospital can guarantee 100% containment 0% mistakes while hosting this harbinger of death in the middle of downtown Atlanta. Shame on you, shame of the US government.

  • David L.

    Shame on you and your arrogance for opening the door for Ebola to be here on US soil. As this disease has no known cure these two people should have been treated in Africa. No matter how safe and secure your procedures are you have jeopardized the very lives of Americans by having these individuals here. The CDC just weeks ago had employees infected and literally found smallpox not secured on a shelf. How long do you think before the very first cases of Ebola will have infected Americans? You can try and tell Americans how safe they are with all the precautions you have instilled. It’s now not just a matter of when will Ebola reach the US, it’s when will American lives be at risk due to your arrogance.

  • Sharon S.

    Please include the housekeeping / janitorial/ building engineer staff members in the infection control operation. The infectious agents can be disseminated on easily overlooked buckets, mops, and spray bottels, and sponges. The least paid employees are also heros in eliminating the risk to the community.

  • Sisk

    Your Doctors and administrators should be ashamed of themselves. Bringing two doctors back to the US that have an incurable disease is unacceptable. Just as those two doctors thought they could make a difference but only became ill your doctors are also making the same mistake. Those doctors chose to go help another country we did not get to have a choice. Their egos thinking they could change the world is what made them ill. Help our people in the US, obviously the two doctors did not care to help their own. Well they should have stayed in the country they chose to help. They chose them not us so to come back here is wrong. If they could not be treated there well then Im sorry it was their choice and they should pay the price. Not us not our children. Our children do not need to worry that the doctors they believe in dont care if they die. That is exactly what they are saying when they bring a disease in that is incurable. Again ego knowing the media would be all over it. Really. We all pay the price for our choices and those doctors are no different, they need to pay the price not us.

    From a Very Sad Mom

  • John S.

    I live in Germany right now, but was raised in Georgia and have lived in 8 countries. One of our sons graduated from Emory and is now at UPenn Med School. I was a US Army Ranger and one of the creeds of units like these was that you NEVER leave your dead or wounded behind. We did not consider the risks, we just did it. Our brothers knew they would not be left behind. The medical professionals that serve in some of these situations deserve our respect and admiration as any front line soldier. They also deserve to know that the American public “has their back.” There has been quite a bit of media criticism but Emory has stood tall in the face of it to do what is right for those that were willing to serve. For many this may be a simple question of expediency or minimizing risk. I see it as a question of national honor and I believe you are upholding that honor. You have my thanks and admiration.

    • Debbie T.

      Amen …..well said!

  • Debbie T.

    Thank you Emory University Hospital for accepting and treating 2 Americans who have been working hard to save lives in West Africa. America is the BEST country in the world to receive excellent and safe health care. We have the best physicians, technology and facilities in the medical field. I have no doubts that Emory University Hospital, physicians, nurses and all members of the health care team can treat and cure these 2 Americans without spreading the illness. I thank God for your facility and all who are taking care of our own. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Linda

    Our prayers go to Dr Brantly, Nancy Writbol, those suffering in Africa, the CDC, NIH, WHO, Samaritans Purse the doctors, nurses, and medical staff treating the Ebola patients. From what I’ve read the group at Samaritans purse were doing well at treating their patients and saved many lives. I can’t imagine how difficult it was using the protective gear in those hot, desperate conditions. My husband was a Navy Corpsman and entered the tuition assistance program to complete college. He is currently a Safety professional and worked in the biotech industry for several years. He helped design some of the negative pressure enclosures. We learned about the dangers of Ebola and Marburg back in the 1990s and hearing that it has spread now is very alarming.

  • Stacie E.

    I think it’s great that Emory University Hospital is helping these people. Sure Ebola is scary but this is absolutely necessary. Thanks for your wokr!

  • Effie S.

    I am apalled that these patients are being allowed. I have researched and read that the hospital thinks they are equipped to handle this. They can’t control everything. What about the bodily waste, Urine and fecies, blood, thow up. How are they going to properly dispose of those. I do not think this was a wise decision. My sister and I actually got into a disagreement on this subject. She said I should have compassion and if it was me, I would want to come back. I said, no I would not bring something like this into my home country that has never been present here before. And take a chance of spreading it to my home country. Then if they don’t survive, you still have there bodies, with blood and fluids in them, containing a deadly, non curable virus. My best to the hospital staff that is taking care of them. And God Bless and help us all. If anyone else contracts this after their arrival, I don’t know how the patients and the people whom arranged, and the people that gave the approval for them to come here , and helped transport them can ever forgive themselves.

  • Jason S.

    Treat Ebola patients with Intravenous Vitamin C in high doses, 50,000 IU. Also, give them 2000 mg or more of L-Lysine. The combination will boost the immune system and repair artery damage!

  • Emory Healthcare

    We appreciate all the feedback we’ve been receiving from the community. We have taken into consideration all of the questions posted here and on our other social media sites, and we will be updating our current FAQ’s (http://bit.ly/1ok1txS) throughout the week to reflect answers to these questions and concerns.

  • christy b

    Ebola is only 1-2 connecting flights from landing in our country, like Lassa Fever already has. What better way to study it and treat it with the most advanced medical research facility under controlled conditions. You guys did a great job treating the deadly SARS infected patients which is much more contagious via airborne droplets. I am proud of you guys.

  • FJ

    It could have been me. Thank you Emory!