EVMS faculty provide facts on Ebola

Story Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:24:00 EDT

Learn more about Ebola as EVMS infectious disease experts share facts about the virus and help alleviate some of the public's fears.

Ebola Facts

Ebola Fears


For health-care providers, watch a grand rounds presentation on Ebola, given in mid October 2014 by Edward Oldfield, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist. Also, medical offices are welcome to make use of a video, prepared for the EVMS Medical Group, that offers comprehensive guidance on how to respond when any patient with a potentially infectious disease calls for medical advice or presents at a medical office.

Health-care providers may want to keep up with the lastest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

and from the Virginia Department of Health.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) have announced the sequence of care for confirmed Ebola patients:

First Step

The first recourse will be to determine if the patient can be transferred to a national bio-containment facility. The national facilities are:
• Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
• National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
• Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.
• St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, Mont.

Second Step

If that option is not available, the patient will be sent to one of two state designated Ebola treatment hospitals. The state facilities are:
• VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Va.
• UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.

Third Step

If the national and state facilities are not available, the patient will be transported to one of two designated Sentara isolation units, each with the capacity to treat two inpatients with Ebola. The Sentara isolation units are located at:
• Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, Va.
• Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in York County, Va.



EVMS faculty also have spoken with local and national media recently to help satisfy public demand for information about Ebola. Here's a sample of coverage:

  • Oct. 1 – Infectious disease specialist Stephanie Troy, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, appeared on WAVY for a live discussion of Ebola and how the disease spreads
  • Oct. 1 – Dr. Oldfield is quoted in The Virginian-Pilot
  • Oct. 1 – Dr. Oldfield appeared on WVEC TV-13 for a live discussion
  • Oct. 3 – Nancy Khardori, MBBS, Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of Infectious Disease, spoke with CBN News
  • Oct. 7 – Dr. Oldfield is quoted in a story in The Voice
  • Oct. 14 – Pediatric infectious disease specialist Randall Fisher, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, spoke with MedPage Today
  • Oct. 15 – Dr. Khardori spoke with WTKR TV-3
  • Oct. 17 - Lara Gadkowski, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist, took part in an in-studio web chat on WVEC TV-13

For more information on Ebola, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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