Frequently Asked Questions
When did Denver Health receive its designation as an Ebola Treatment Center?
What are the federal requirements for Denver Health’s designation as an Ebola Treatment Center?
The designation is based on Denver Health’s ability to meet the following standards for rapid Ebola assessment:
- Accept patients within eight hours of being notified;
- Have the capacity to treat at least two Ebola patients at the same time;
- Conduct quarterly trainings and exercises;
- Receive an annual readiness assessment by experts from health care facilities that have safely and successfully cared for patients with Ebola in the United States;
- Be able to treat pediatric patients with Ebola or other infectious diseases or partner with a neighboring facility to do so;
- Be able to safely handle Ebola-contaminated or other highly contaminated infectious waste.
Does Denver Health have to renew this certification/designation annually?
How many hours of training do staff involved with the Biocontainment Unit (BCU) have to go through in order to be certified to be a caretaker in the BCU? Is this annual training?
How many members of the Denver Health staff are trained to work in the Biocontainment Unit?
Denver Health has a High Risk Infection Team of nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, lab staff and ancillary support. Denver Health currently has more than 40 volunteer members. It also has training capabilities for consultants needed in the unit, and provide refreshers for staff. When a patient arrives at Denver Health, the team will activate.
The High Risk Infection Team has members from all over the medical campus including the critical care units, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, infection prevention, the emergency department, nursing education, public health and the laboratory.