Ebola: The plan at Capital Health

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 9:14am

The risk of Ebola coming to Canada is considered very low.  However, the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Capital Health district has been designated as the facility that would provide care in the event of a possible or confirmed case of Ebola infection in an adult in Nova Scotia. The following provides an overview of the plan that has been developed and continues to be tested at the QEII.

Identifying a case
Family doctors’ offices, emergency departments, 811, 911 and EHS all have the information needed to identify patients who could potentially have Ebola.
If there is a suspected case of Ebola, the on-duty Medical Officer of Health will be consulted immediately. He/she will direct whether to activate Ebola procedures.

Staff training and protection
Our supply of personal protective equipment adheres to current standards set by the World Health Organization and Public Health Agency of Canada.
Clinical and support staff in areas where Ebola would be handled, should the disease present, are receiving in-depth training. This is an ongoing process. All necessary materials and processes are in place for the transportation of patients and samples.

Treatment of patient / Protection of other patients and the public
A patient with a suspected or confirmed case would be immediately isolated from all other patients, wherever he or she may first present. Public Health will investigate the case to learn details of where the person has travelled and his or her activities, to determine how the person may have become ill.
Samples for laboratory testing would not be collected until the Medical Officer of Health has ordered it and the patient is safely moved to a designated room at the QEII.

Two rooms that meet Public Health Agency of Canada standards and have been designated for care of suspected Ebola patients are located in 3A ICU at the QEII VG site. In the event there are more than two patients, three more suitable rooms are in the QEII emergency department.

Staff and physicians caring for a patient with Ebola would not provide care for other patients. They will work in a “buddy system” to ensure safe donning and doffing of personal protective equipment.

Laboratory results will be confirmed at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg and results would be available within 48 hours.
A patient who tests positive for Ebola would receive supportive care for symptoms of the illness.

Public Health will work to identify and monitor anyone who has been in contact with a person who has Ebola. This will ensure prompt, appropriate public health measures are in place in the rare event that anyone else has been exposed to the virus.

As protocols change from a federal and provincial perspective, Capital Health will make necessary changes to always keep up to date in our response.
(Last updated:  22 October 2014)