New York's Bellevue Hospital is all set to treat Ebola patients

LNM, Oct 15, 2014 Bellevue Hospital's officials recently released their statement which suggests that New York’s premier public hospital will become a center for treatment of the Ebola virus in the city. Bellevue Hospital Center, the country’s oldest public hospital is ready to handle Ebola cases within the 11-member public hospital system, a Bellevue spokesman said. It would also be available to receive transfers from private hospitals in the city. City health officials said that the decision to transfer patients would be made by hospital officials in consultation with the health department case by case, and that not all patients would necessarily be transferred: A patient could, for instance, prefer to stay in a local hospital. The decision to make Bellevue, in Manhattan, available for transfers was greeted with relief by emergency room doctors who have been training their staff in how to detect and treat Ebola. The New York decision came as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that it was rethinking infection control measures since a nurse in Dallas became the first person known to have contracted Ebola in the United States. Bellevue’s infectious disease ward has four single-bed rooms that would receive high-probability or confirmed Ebola cases, Ian Michaels, the Bellevue spokesman, said, and more rooms could be added. The hospital has nine isolation units in its emergency department to handle suspected cases. Bellevue is also setting up a separate laboratory in the infectious disease ward to handle Ebola blood samp...

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