Kaiser Permanente Ready to Battle Ebola
Kaiser Permanente said in an e-mail to its members on Friday that all its facilities will remain open in Northern California. The health care provider made the announcement as the California Nurses Association has announced a two-day strike next week.
Kaiser shared that the strike is scheduled to start at 7am on Tuesday and will continue through 6.59am Thursday. All "emergency departments, urgent care departments, primary and specialty care departments, pharmacies and laboratories", stated Kaiser. There will be some elective procedures and appointments that would be canceled.
The strike will include 18,000 nurses and nurse practitioners, who would walk out of more than 65 Kaiser Hospitals and clinics. The strike, which is part of a national labor action, is being carried to demand higher Ebola treatment standards and improved safety precautions.
RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director of National Nurses United, said that hospitals have not taken the needed steps to come up with the highest safety precautions when an Ebola patient walks inside. Therefore, America's nurses are left with no other option, but to make their voices heard.
On the other hand, Kaiser officials affirmed they are putting in their best efforts to prepare their staff in the event of an Ebola outbreak. Dr. Stephen Parodi, an infectious disease specialist, affirmed that they have thoroughly gone through the CDC recommendations. In fact, Kaiser Permanente is ensuring that it adds to its personal protective equipment so that they not only meet the national standards, but set a new benchmark.
Kaiser said that it is ready in the battle against Ebola. It has come up with a new facility in Oakland. They have a unit having airtight rooms. The nurses who will enter these rooms will have to be dressed in a three-layer impenetrable suit. Parodi said that a specific team has also been prepared to handle the cases. Kaiser finally said that it is following the best practices to keep Ebola from spreading.
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