To keep the public informed on the latest news regarding communicable diseases that may affect the Monroe County area, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital would like to communicate the following pertinent information.
On behalf of the ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Administration, let us assure you that our ultimate goal is to provide a safe environment for its patients, staff and physicians while providing high quality care.
Status as of November 10, 2014: There are no known exposures to this disease in Monroe County
In light of the current national health concern related to the Ebola Virus Disease, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital formed a multidisciplinary team in September 2014 consisting of nursing, infection prevention, medical affairs, administration, quality and housekeeping. The team began meeting and reviewing existing policies and procedures as well as becoming familiar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines regarding Ebola. These guidelines were immediately adopted by the Emergency Department as well as other outpatient points of entry.
Please be advised that any patient with the following signs and symptoms of Ebola will be immediately triaged through our Emergency Department (ED):
- Fever greater than or equal to 100.4°F as per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Muscle and/or abdominal pain
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
If a patient were to present with Ebola-like symptoms, our dedicated staff has access to the very best information to treat the patient and is appropriately prepared to implement isolation practices. As part of our routine patient safety procedures, we already practice standard, contact and droplet precautions as appropriate for the patient condition. Guidelines and assessment tools recommended by the CDC were also sent to all members of the Mercy Memorial medical staff for use in their offices. We are continuing to monitor the CDC for any ongoing updates.
During this national distress, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital continues to maintain open communication lines with the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Monroe County Health Department as well as several federal, state and local professional medical organizations to keep current on the best practices surrounding the triaging and treatment, as well as monitoring, of potential and actual patients infected with this disease.
Latest Ebloa News from the CDC
Interim Guidelines for Evaluation (MDCH)
Enterovirus 68 (EV68, EV-D68)
Status as of November 10, 2014: Enterovirus 68 (EV 68) has been circulating in the region since June 2014.
A number of health care facilities have reported suspect cases or clusters of EV 68 in Michigan. Michigan Disease Syndromic Surveillance System has detected an increase in emergency department visits throughout the state in September2014 due to respiratory illness in children/adolescents ages 5 through 17.
Enterovirus 68 is a disease that is transmitted through person to person contact; contact with feces, saliva, respiratory secretions, or blister fluids; or by objects and surfaces contaminated with the virus. The virus may be active for several weeks.
Please follow up with your primary physician if you have with the following signs and symptoms of Enterovirus 68 (EV 68, EV D-68):
Mild symptoms may include
- Runny nose
- Body and muscle aches
Severe symptoms may include
- Difficulty breathing
- Tachycardia (rapid heart beat)
Enterovirus 68 Update (CDC)
Influenza (Strain A, Strain B, H1N1 and H3N2)
Status as of December 15, 2014: The State of Michigan is at regional flu level. The State of Ohio is at widespread flu level.
Influenza or “the flu” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It may cause mild to severe illness, and at times may lead to death.
Signs and symptoms of flu may include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. The flu may be passed on to others before you have any symptoms, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults can infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
The most effective way to prevent the flu is by receiving a flu vaccine every year.
For prevention, follow these simple measures:
- Get a flu vaccine every year
- Washing your hands – when done frequently and properly with an antibacterial soap, it helps eliminate germs. It’s the best way to prevent the spread of flu
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing – either with a tissue or coughing into your sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth which can spread infection
- Stay home when you are sick – this will prevent the flu from spreading at your place of work or school
For more information about vaccinations in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/immunize and www.michigan.gov/flu. To find a vaccine near you, visit http://vaccine.healthmap.org/.