As a healthcare consultancy whose members also sometimes help run hospitals, we at Cambridge Management Group (cmg625.com) have been watching intently how various parts of the U.S. healthcare system address the Ebola crisis.
Emory University Hospital shows how Ebola can be defeated with good hospital practices, as Kaiser Health News reports.
Its fast learning in addressing the disease also suggests that Ebola may be far less fearsome in this country than many Americans think because of the quality of our healthcare infrastructure. It is quite another matter for people living in West Africa, which has a very thin and fragile infrastructure.
Kaiser Health News notes that “Emory’s plan to treat patients who have diseases like Ebola actually began 12 years ago. That’s when the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started working with the hospital to create a special isolation unit.Emory’s plan to treat patients who have diseases like Ebola actually began 12 years ago. ”
The hospital learned that curing Ebola means keeping the patient alive long enough to develop the antibodies that will end the infection.