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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  • Karen Cizek RN

    I applaud Emory for taking the 2 American Ebola patients.

    I am an RN with some experience in taking care of patients with similar issues. In 1987, when I was a new graduate nurse, I took my first job at Stony Brook University hospital on a dedicated AIDS unit. The hospital was on Long Island, in a suburb of NY city. In those days there was an unreasonable fear of HIV among the public, and even many health professionals. In those days my roommates and I made sure that our landlord did not know exactly where I worked because we feared eviction. I was single at the time, and I had several paniced looks from dates when they heard where I worked. I am pleased that society has learned to cope with HIV in a more rational manner.

    I am very interested in your experience at Emory with the Ebola patients, and the staff who cared for them. I have so many questions I don’t know where to start!

    You mentioned that the staff who cared for these Ebola patients has trained for years to treat and contain the most dangerous infectious diseases in the world. I’d be interested in learning more about the training. It implies that all staff who cared for these 2 Ebola patients volunteered for this training and this assignment. How did the staff handle it emotionally? Training and actually dealing with such a dangerous disease are 2 different things. Did anyone back out when the time came? We had a few nurses on the AIDS unit transfer to other units due to pressure from frightened spouses. How did the staff member’s families deal with all this? Were there any exposure incidents, and if so what exactly happened & how was it handled afterward?

    Many years ago, I published an article about the emotional impact of needlestick injuries. We had a few on the AIDS unit, and it seemed to me that the emotional aspect was not dealt with in an ideal manner.

    I am also intereseted in the unit that these patients were cared for on. Is it always up and running? What other diseases has this team/this ward treated?

    If you would be so kind as to proved some answers I’d be very grateful. Unfortunately I do not do Facebook, so anything you post is of no help to me.

    I hope you have plans to publish something about this experience. I hope you will let me know which journal & issue to look for it in.

    God bless the team, and the patients, as well as those in Africa still in the midst of the outbreak.

    Karen Cizek