Oct. 24, 2014 (San Diego) According to a news release by the California Department of Health (CDPH), the University of California Health Centers have been designated as Ebola treatment centers in California. These are: UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC San Francisco and UC Los Angeles.
According to the release: “All of the UC Medical Centers specialize in complex care and operate as or staff level one trauma centers. We appreciate their leadership role in willingness to treat Ebola patients,” said Dr. Ron Chapman director of CDPH and state health officer. “The administration will support these hospitals in meeting this public health need in California. At the same time all hospitals and medical providers need to redouble preparedness efforts to ensure that they can effectively assess Ebola risk in their patients, while ensuring workplace safety.”
It also has to be emphasized, these facilities were making strides to meet treatment and protection standard. Moreover, John Sobo, UC Senior Vice President said, “stepping up to a public health crisis is what these medical centers do, and in the past weeks we have been actively readying ourselves for any health eventuality related to Ebola. We are committed to addressing the health needs of this population and the public at large, as well as ensuring the safety of our health care workers. It is our intent that only health care workers who are members of a core designated group or who volunteer to do so will provide care to confirmed Ebola patients.”
There are no cases of Ebola in California at this time. “The UC Medical Centers are positioned to accept patients in California with confirmed cases of Ebola. They are not identified as treatment centers for patients being transported into the United States by the U.S. State Department. Four hospitals in other parts of the country are already established as treatment centers for these repatriated U.S. citizens.”
The California Department of Health has been preparing to meet the needs of a possible case in the state since the first cases were announced in Guinea earlier in the year. They have been coordinating with federal, state and local health officials. According to health officials, Ebola is only contagious when a patient is symptomatic, not before.
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