Community Hospital-Fairfax Makes Ebola Preparations, Reminds Community About Influenza Vaccine

10/27/2014-Community Hospital-Fairfax has recently implemented safety procedures in the event of an Ebola case in Northwest Missouri. Although the possibility is remote, CH-F is committed to the highest level of preparedness.

CH-F is following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the assessment of patients presenting with flu like symptoms. Effective October 17, patients in the Emergency Room exhibiting flu symptoms are being surveyed regarding travel to West African countries or exposure to someone who has traveled to those destinations. If possible Ebola exposure is suspected, the patient will be isolated until they can be transferred to a CDC designated facility.

In addition to patients in the ER, visitors entering the main entrance of the hosptial will see new signage. The signs direct anyone who has traveled to West Africa or has flu like symptoms to put on a mask and go directly to the admitting desk where they will receive further instruction.

These measures, along with staff education and preparation, are being undertaken for the protection of CH-F patients, community and staff. In addition, the CH-F Infectious Disease Committee reminds the community that the risk is greater for influenza and that tens of thousands die from influenza each year. This risk can greatly be reduced through influenza vaccinations. Vaccinations are available in the local community from a variety of sources including physician offices, health centers and pharmacies.

Community Hospital-Fairfax (CH-F) is a non-profit, critical access hospital serving acute, skilled and obstetrical patients since 1949. In addition to inpatient services, CH-F is proud to provide therapy, radiology, lab, respiratory therapy, specialty clinics and surgery to northwest Missouri. More information can be found at www.FairfaxMed.com