2nd Dec

2014

AMoHS Now Offers Isolation & Containment Unit
AMoHS is proud to offer a solution to the Ebola epidemic

AMoHS is proud to offer a solution to the Ebola epidemic

One of the largest issues in regards to the Ebola virus, is Containment. The World Health Organization projects Ebola will infect 20,000 people in the month of November, 2014, FierceHealthcare previously reported. The CDC warns it could infect up to 1.4 million by January if cases continue to increase exponentially and go underreported.

Additionally, those in the know, indicate that Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique and Malawi, are severely at risk of the Ebola virus taking hold. Even though the EVD virus was first discovered in 1976, due to rapid population growth and the ease with which people can travel great distances by air, it is expected that the dynamics of transmission now, will differ from the ways of the past. The World Health Organization in fact, has declared the situation an international emergency.

Some of the emergent steps taken by a few hospitals in the US over the past few months include:

University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, used a medical tents that it used after Hurricane Sandy, and it also created a temporary isolation unit in a vacant, unfinished floor in the hospital’s ambulatory patient care building. The primary goal was to create a distance between the infected patients and their other patients. It also allowed the hospital to function normally, and did not affect the hospital’s available bed count for non-infected patients.

In Texas, notwithstanding the fact that the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, has a biocontainment training center, another isolation area was set up in a vacant hospital, a distance from the Branch, when Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the US, infected two nurses caring for him, and later died. The building remains on standby status in the event another Ebola patient presents for care and treatment.

The average cost of treating an Ebola patient at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s biocontainment unit, averages $30,000 a day. It is estimated that the cost of treating the two patients at the NUMC, was $1 million. There was an attendant cost to the loss of 10 beds, of another approximately $148,000.

California now has some of the toughest regulations in the country to protect healthcare workers who treat patients with Ebola.

California OSHA has established stringent new requirements on it’s acute care hospitals, with respect to caring for patients exhibiting Ebola symptoms, that include providing workers with hazardous material suits, respirators and isolation rooms.

AMoHS has listened and researched, and is proud to introduce its AICU™, the first rapidly deployable mobile facility that can be operated independently of existing hospitals to isolate and contain Ebola and other highly contagious or infected patients, with an eye towards not only providing a facility able to handle current known diseases, but anticipate future potentially deadly airborne pathogens.

From the above, it is clear that hospitals would or should prefer a safe, preferably stand-alone, isolation and containment unit that minimizes contact of the infected patient and attendant staff, from the hospital population and the community in general. It seems that it would also be opportune, if the solution was one that would not affect the normal day to day operation of the hospital, or its revenues, by losing space and beds for a unit that hopefully will never be needed, or by the potential negative impact to revenue, reputation and public relations, that could result from the improper handling of such high risk patients.

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