MUSC held a press conference on Thursday, October 16 to announce that the hospital is ready and able to treat any Ebola patients that might need care in the state of South Carolina. Situations such as this cause anxiety and fear, and SCDHEC and MUSC staff have been prepared for numerous other, related situations, and stand ready to evolve along with the current situation.

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Isolation chamber used to transport infectious patients.
MUSC Medical Center CEO/Executive Director Patrick Cawley, M.D. stated “Our goal today is to make sure those we serve know that we are doing what we can to remain vigilant, measured and compassionate in how we respond to this evolving health crisis. It’s important that our community, our state, and our nation know we are prepared and ready to help, and will continue to seek out evolving best practices here at MUSC to care for a person afflicted with this disease.”

MUSC Chief Quality Officer Danielle Scheurer, M.D., offered practical advice for people seeking ways to prevent the spread of the virus, strongly encouraging seemingly simple measures such as practicing good hygiene and remaining calm as changes in the crisis occur. She encouraged the community to continue to monitor the latest CDC and WHO recommendations regarding prevention and controlling the spread of the virus.

What is MUSC doing to prepare?

  • Our infection control, disaster preparedness, and education leaders are educating and training all MUSC Health staff on how to SCREEN – ISOLATE – COMMUNICATE – KEEP CALM (eg “SICK”).
  • A smaller repertoire of clinical volunteers are being trained and educated on the clinical care of the patient, with particular emphasis on the “donning and doffing” of personal protective equipment.
  • Our infection control, disaster preparedness, and facility leaders are continuously refining the safest place to admit any patients suspected of the Ebola virus.
  • Our laboratory leaders are prepared to quickly send a specimen to a qualified lab for confirmatory Ebola testing.