Patient declared Ebola-free after scare at St. Bernard Parish Hospital

Published: Mar. 4, 2015 at 10:15 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2015 at 10:22 AM CST
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St. Bernard Parish Hospital (FOX 8 file photo)
St. Bernard Parish Hospital (FOX 8 file photo)

ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The St. Bernard Parish Hospital is back open after an Ebola scare on Tuesday evening. After the proper authorities were contacted, a patient with numerous signs of the virus was declared Ebola-free.

A patient entered the St. Bernard Parish Hospital emergency room around 8 p.m. Tuesday. The patient had virtually all signs of Ebola, according to Wayne Landry. Landry is the hospital's former CEO who is currently in transition mode

Landry said the hospital was immediately placed on lockdown. The Department of Health and Hospitals of the State of Louisiana was contacted as well as the Center for Disease Control, and within about one hour, the patient was confirmed to be free from Ebola.

"The response of the hospital staff went just as we had prepared for," said Landry. "The staff went through their drill which included placing the hospital emergency room on diversion, locking down the hospital, immediately placing the suspected Ebola patient in a special infection control and isolation room in the emergency department, just to name a few of the tasks on the protocol. Further, All visitors in the emergency room were contained, as well as any staff members involved in the treatment of the patient."

Within an hour, the patient was confirmed by numerous doctors to be free from Ebola.

"The reality of all of our training and supplies that we accumulated to prepare for this event paid off. We were thoroughly prepared, and the entire staff executed the plan to near perfection," added Landry. "There was also a huge sigh of relief for the patient as they were cleared of any Ebola."

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