Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) understands there are concerns regarding Ebola. While the likelihood of an Ebola case in our area is rare, we recognize that continuing media coverage raises questions about the hospital’s preparedness to handle potential cases. Please be assured that IRMC has procedures in place to identify Ebola cases and provide the highest standard of medical care and community protection.
Our staff communicates daily with the Florida Department of Health (FDH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to receive the most current public health information concerning Ebola. These agencies also provide up-to-date guidelines for evaluation and appropriate treatment of a potentially infected person. This information is disseminated to our hospital staff and all affiliated offices.
We have incorporated the CDC recommendations for patient evaluation into our patient assessment process, in order to identify any potentially infected person early on, isolate the patient, and administer the supportive medical care and treatment needed. Our facility is equipped to apply strict isolation guidelines established in accordance with the CDC recommendations to protect staff and the public from infection.
To clarify, Ebola is NOT airborne. It can only be spread through the body fluids of a person who is symptomatic. Symptoms include: vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases bleeding from the nose, nail beds or eyes. These symptoms occur between two and 21 days after exposure to the bodily fluids of a symptomatic person/infected person.
IRMC is committed to providing the highest quality care and medical treatment possible to our community. We will continue to work with the CDC, FDH and others to incorporate the most up-to-date information into our medical and emergency room services.