Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Utilizes Health Protocols

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*Information provided by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System on Thursday night October 9, 2014*

*UPDATE*
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System and Appalachian District Health Department, working in close contact with the NC DHHS Division of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), today assessed whether a patient presenting today might be suspected of having Ebola virus disease.

After reviewing the case in great detail, the clinical care team and public health officials have determined that the patient’s illness and epidemiologic information are NOT consistent with Ebola infection. The patient is currently being evaluated for other unrelated conditions.

Based on the patient’s treatment needs, the patient is being transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is in stable condition.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System and Appalachian District Health Department are pleased with the coordinated public health response and quick action taken by the hospital medical team to provide excellent care to this patient and to assure the health of our community.

*original press release below*

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) has been monitoring the information on Ebola and on August 1st implemented staff education and protocols for early detection. ARHS has educated staff on the signs and symptoms and signage has been placed in our facilities alerting patients presenting with a fever to inform the staff of any recent travel to affected areas.

On Thursday, October 9th, a patient presented at one our facilities with a fever and had recently traveled to a foreign country. The staff immediately put the protocols into place and the patient is being monitored at this time. This patient presents no threat to the community and ARHS will continue to meet the needs of the patient.

For more information about Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, visit www.apprhs.org.

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