Oct 13, 2014 6:41 PM

Elliot Hospital's patient screening software designed to catch suspected Ebola cases


MANCHESTER - At Elliot Hospital in Manchester, health care workers say their medical record software system won't let any Ebola cases get by them.

In the initial triage, the computer prompts the clinician to ask a series of screening questions.

ER Medical Director Joseph Guarnaccia said the questions ask, "Have you had a fever? have you had any travel to any of these African countries in the last 21 days? If they answer both of those screening questions saying yes, that will trigger a process."

That process starts with a hard stop in the electronic medical record that can't be bypasses. It issues an all-out alert system wide, throughout its hospital and any partnering providers.

Director of Clinical Information Technology Karen Klucky said, "Whether they are the Urgent Care, in the ER here within the hospital, or in one of our ambulatory practices or clinics, all see the same medical record for the patient."

The patient would then be immediately quaranteened.

Dr. Guarnaccia said, "A physician would put their gown on, put their protective equipment on, their mask, their goggles, their suit on. It's a Tyvek suit. It's completely impervious to any kind of bodily fluids."

With the first case of ebola contracted in the U.S. happening at a Texas hospital - where ebola spread from a Liberian man to his nurse - Elliot Hospital says its safeguards are designed to protect not only the public but also its health care workers.


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