PORTLAND, Maine - Officials at Maine Medical Center in Portland say they welcome the new federal CDC guidelines for Ebola, and say the hospital already exceeds many of the standards. Maine Med had a chance to test its preparedness earlier this month when a patient with possible Ebola symptoms came to its emergency room. On Wednesday morning, hospital staff gave reporters a glimpse of the protective suits and protocols they've put in place.
Maine nurses want President Obama and the U.S. Congress to force hospitals and health care employers to implement uniform safety standards for treating Ebola patients. Last night, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued its own updated rules to protect health care workers from contracting the virus.
The new guidelines encourage those treating Ebola patients to wear two pairs of protective gloves, fluid-resistant gowns, pants and shoe coverings, a waterproof apron and a disposable, full face shield.
AUGUSTA, Maine - The president of the Maine State Nurses Association is challenging statements made by the LePage administration concerning the state's ability to confront Ebola cases in Maine. The Nurses Association says the state is not ready, a claim that was first advanced this week by one of Maine's gubernatorial candidates.
As president of the Maine State Nurses Association, Cokie Giles could scarcely believe her ears when she heard that Gov. Paul LePage had issued a statement declaring that the state is prepared to protect Mainers from Ebola.
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine has confirmed its first case of seasonal flu. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Sheila Pinette, says the case turned up in Lincoln County in an unvaccinated adult.
The patient had not traveled recently, did not require hospitalization and is recovering at home, Pinette says. She says the virus was identified as an Influenza A strain.
She says both Influenza A and B strains are circulating across the nation.
The Maine Center for Disease Control has elevated its monitoring of Ebola after a patient at a Texas hosptial died from the disease and two health care workers have contracted it. The agency's director, Dr. Sheila Pinette, is assuring Mainers health care workers here are ready to handle Ebola should it arrive in the state.
Pinette says hospitals large and small are getting regular updates on best practices, which include isolating patients with Ebola-like symptoms and using contact precautions.