COVER: A scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus budding from the surface of a cell. PHOTO via NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Under an arrangement made public late last week, Central Texas Medical Center will automatically transfer people potentially stricken with the Ebola virus to one of St. David’s Healthcare’s Austin hospitals for treatment.
Patients showing indications of having contracted the virus — often flu-like symptoms such as fever, severe headache, muscle pain, diarrhea and vomiting — will be asked during the triage process about their recent travel history, known exposure to the disease and other warning signs. Possible Ebola patients “will be isolated and transported to a tertiary care center” before being admitted to CTMC,” officials said.
“As a 178-bed community hospital, caring for one Ebola patient could drain the resources we need to care for our community in our normal course of business. We have made arrangements to transport these patients to a care center best suited for them while preserving our commitment to the local community,” said Sam Huenergardt, CTMC’s president and chief executive officer.