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Statement attributed to Dr. Keith Ramsey, medical director of infection control at Vidant Medical Center:

October 13, 2014 by Chris Mackey

 "Vidant Health has processes and protocols in place to ensure that we can treat patients in eastern North Carolina showing symptoms of the flu, Enterovirus D-68, and is prepared to do the same with Ebola and similar infectious conditions. 

In addition to our normal assessments, all emergency departments and VMG physician practices are conducting medical screenings, inquiring about and recording travel history and looking for any Ebola-specific symptoms. If a patient is identified as having traveled from one of the four countries with Ebola, the provider is immediately alerted so that the patient may be placed into Contact Precautions to reduce the possibility of exposures and the need for 21 days of quarantine.

Vidant Health is prepared for all types of emergencies. As part of ongoing preparation across our system, we constantly update our infectious disease preparedness plans and inventory and stock appropriate protective gear including gowns, masks, gloves and protective suits. In addition, we conduct drills and rehearsals with employees, partner with public health officials and work with outside vendors to make sure we deliver safe health care for our Vidant Health patients, families and employees."
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