Ebola Patient Transport Drill | Johns Hopkins Medicine and Lifeline


[MUSIC] We have not put together
a drill of this size and scope with this many partners
but we have been drilling the initial steps of
the process in isolation.>>They’ll be two patients that
are going to be presenting. There will be aid workers
that have been returned. And they’re coming in with
the classic symptoms of nausea, vomiting, flu-like things and
a high fever plus travel.>>We have prescribed steps and
cross checking for donning our PPE and doffing the PPE, as well
as operating in the environment. We need to take safe care of
our staff first in order to be able to deliver that Hopkins
medicine to the patient wherever they may be.>>I would be one of the nurses
that actually goes and make contact with a patient that
has been rolled in for Ebola. My job is to place them
in reverse isolation, explain to them the procedures. I think the first thing you
need to think about is just humanism and treating that
patient like they are one of your family members or friends,
and not really treating them like they have an illness or
a diagnosis.>>We’ll explain everything
that we’re going to do. We’re gonna do a quick
assessment and then we’ll get you hooked
up to our monitor, okay?>>A lot of times, these
patients just need validation. They’re scared, rightfully so. And so I think a little bit of
reassurance goes a long way.>>We’re also gonna put a blood
pressure cuff on you Okay?>>Mm-hm.
>>Our process has been through so many different iterations for
so many different
levels of scrutiny. It’s very important for our
process to be overseen by our expert clinicians from HEIC,
from our own operations team. When the Ebola broke out, it really kicked our
planning into higher gear.>>That would go
in your nose and then this piece
behind your ears.>>The isopod is a isolation
containment unit. It’s heavy plastic if you will,
that resides on the stretcher.>>One,two, three.>>It’s mobile, it’s a negative
pressure environment. It contains the patient and allows us to safely come in
close proximity to the patient without putting
ourselves in danger. Protects the public. It also provides
a nice environment for the patient to be in.>>When you guys are ready to
move forward, two hard lefts.>>We have a core team of people
that have been trained in dressing transports for
highly infectious diseases, such as Ebola. And today is really about
proofing the process and the procedures that this
core team has developed.>>This is an intricate part of the John Hopkins
Hospital Preparedness Plan. This goes right in mind
with transporting patients, both in and out of the hospital.>>Today’s drill, demonstrates
our level of preparedness, to address highly infectious
disease transports, such as Ebola. Even in the face of
Ebola transports, Lifeline responds and brings
Hopkins Medicine to the patient. It’s just what we do. [MUSIC]

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