Ebola Virus Disease
Horizon's goal is to protect the safety and health of every patient and every employee. The objective over the next few weeks is to ensure front line employees and physicians have the knowledge they need to respond with confidence should a case of Ebola be present at one of our facilities. This includes having the appropriate education, training and protective equipment to safely deal with the patient and protect themselves.
To facilitate this, Horizon's president and CEO, John McGarry, has designated a multi-disciplinary task force to oversee plans and protocols, as well as internal and external communications. If a case of Ebola is suspected, the patient will be transferred to the Saint John Regional Hospital (or the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in the Vitalité Health Network) for treatment.
A number of control measures have already been implemented throughout Horizon facilities, including:
Ensuring Personal Protective Equipment (that meets or exceeds approved national guidelines) are available in all Emergency Departments
Developing and implementing screening tools at triage in Emergency Rooms
Enhancing training programs and ongoing education for frontline staff and physicians
Ensuring Mask Fit Testing is available to staff through Employee Health Services
Posting public signage in all Emergency Departments asking anyone who has a fever and has traveled to the affected areas to put on a mask and advise staff of their symptoms