On Oct. 14, more than 120 healthcare providers attended a statewide briefing at the Connecticut Hospital Association on Ebola and Enterovirus D68, the respiratory illness that has sickened children throughout the country.
Hospitals, community health providers, public health leaders, emergency medical services personnel, and other first responders attended the meeting, which is one of many ongoing activities around Ebola preparedness and public safety in Connecticut. CHA hosted the briefing in concert with the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response and the Milford Health Department.
Dr. A. Dennis McBride, Milford Health Director, introduced featured speaker Louise Marie Dembry, MD. Dr. Dembry is Associate Director, Yale-New Haven Hospital Epidemiology, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Epidemiology, Yale University, and Co-Medical Director, Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. Dembry, a recognized expert on hospital epidemiology and infectious diseases, provided a clinical overview of Enterovirus D68, including infection prevention recommendations, recommendations to ensure the protection of healthcare workers, and reporting guidance.
Additionally, Dembry provided background on Ebola, including signs and symptoms, infection timeline, screening protocol, and diagnostic testing. She focused on the ways in which healthcare workers can prepare to detect patients with Ebola, protect themselves and others, and respond appropriately. Following her presentation, a detailed discussion highlighted specific screening and operational protocols, testing, and personal protective equipment. Dembry offered practical advice and responded to questions from healthcare providers and emergency response personnel.