Michigan Urgent Care clinics ramp-up staff training, patient screening as essential steps to keep community protected from Ebola.
Urgent Care clinics, already on America’s front line of defense against disease and illness, are taking even more steps to prepare for what many fear: Ebola arriving in the Detroit area. And the leading provider of urgent care services in Southeast Michigan is ramping up staff training and Ebola-related protocols to provide care and protect the public.
In Plano, Texas, a first responder to patient zero who was suffering from Ebola-like symptoms, visited his local urgent care clinic. Though he was later shown not to have the disease, Dr. Mohamed Arsiwala, President and Medical Director for Michigan Urgent Care, says it’s an important reminder for he and his staff to be prepared for most any condition that walks in the door. “Urgent Care clinics are often a patient’s first entry point in to the American health care system. We have to be prepared to not only provide quality care, but do so in a safe manner that protects our employees, other patients, and the community,” says Arsiwala.
The reality is that with the reach of international air travel and the speed of global commerce, Detroit very easily could become the next Dallas, Texas or Alcorcon, Spain click now. And this reality was put to the test on October 14 when a Liberian man arrived in New York City and was allowed to travel on to Detroit after being found free of Ebola symptoms. As a precaution after arriving in Detroit, he was placed on voluntary confinement in the Oak Park home he is visiting.
“Those of use on the front lines of medicine must be prepared for whatever walks in the front door. That’s a commitment that we take very seriously; a commitment to our patients, our employees, our neighbors, and families,” says Arsiwala.
Michigan Urgent Care clinics are constantly reviewing protocols, equipment, and staffing to meet the needs of communities served. From guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Urgent Care Association of America, protocols are now in place to screen patients for travel to West Africa, the donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff, sanitation, and the immediate contact of state and federal health in case of suspected Ebola.
“Fortunately, we know a great deal about this disease: how it spreads, how to safeguard against it, and how to contact it,” says Arsiwala.