Doctors inside Emory's Ebola unit speak out

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

August 13, 2014

Doctors at the Atlanta hospital that received the country’s first-ever Ebola patients last week say their practice for just such a scenario over the last 10 years paid off, according to a report in Time Magazine.


Emory University Hospital houses one of the country’s four facilities designed to deal with serious communicable diseases. Built in 2002 in conjunction with the CDC in case any of the agency’s employees were exposed to diseases they were working on, the unit is equipped to isolate and treat patients with serious diseases such as Ebola or anthrax.

Doctors at the hospital say they drill for receiving such patients twice a year, and they feel gratified that they are able to put the practice to good use, the report said. Doctors treating the two patients work while wearing full-body pressurized suits that have internal air-purifying capability to prevent contact with bodily fluids.