Sunday, October 26, 2014

LIJ to build Ebola unit

From Crains:

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is planning to build at least one containment unit for patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases, the system announced Thursday. The unit is estimated to cost $15 million, will accommodate eight patients and will take 18 months or more to build. An exact location has not yet been determined.

"In light of the public's anxiety about Ebola, it's clear that we need to develop a more permanent solution to meeting public health needs in the event of a major infectious disease outbreak in the future," said Michael Dowling, the health system's president and chief executive, in a press release announcing the project.

The new unit will be modeled after the Nebraska Medicine Biocontainment Patient Care Unit and the Serious Communicable Disease Unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, both of which have been involved in treating Ebola patients.

The new containment unit will be able to handle other infectious diseases, a spokesman for North Shore-LIJ said. "We deal with all kinds of dangerous infectious diseases," including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the H1N1 virus and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), he said. "They are very contagious, potentially fatal diseases, where if there was a widespread outbreak we should be better prepared to meet public health needs."


Anonymous said...

The ebola craze is expected to last 18 months ?

JQ said...

let's hope that all medics coming from west africa follow the proper protocols in the next 18 months and not engage in hipster activities.

Anonymous said...

What's that thing about the horse already out of the barn?

Anonymous said...

With NYC as sanctuary city and Queens being immigrant central...we can expect a lot of virulent strains of all kinds of exotic diseases. That's what you get when you're so vibrant and diverse. Time to move out of this third world borough.