RE: Ebola Outbreak
This is to advise that a meeting was held on 15th October 2014 between INMO and HSE Infection Control Personnel re the handling of a patient with possible Ebola infection.
The HSE’s team was led by Dr. Kevin Kelleher. The INMO sought responses to our letter of 9th October last to Mr. Tony O’Brien regarding the Ebola virus and the HSE’s preparedness in the event that a case would arise in Ireland. (See letter here)
The HSE gave a full overview of their planning to date. They also confirmed that they were seeking feedback, from each service location, regarding their training schedules and, training that has been completed to date.
The INMO raised concerns in respect of:
1. Unfilled Infection Control Nursing posts as these posts should be fully staffed in every hospital location to ensure optimal training and preparedness.
2. The equipment that is being used to dispose of contaminated materials, in the event that such a situation would arise. The HSE confirmed that they are currently reviewing this equipment.
3. Personal protection – clothing and equipment. INMO sought details on the type of equipment and distribution to date.
4. Training conducted to date and its availability to all staff. The INMO requested confirmation that the HSE was liaising with other Health Authorities to ensure best practice lessons (following the unfortunate infection of Nurses in Spain and the USA) are incorporated into the HSE’s strategic plan to deal with this virus.
The HSE have committed to taking these concerns on-board and have also agreed that practical direct training is a very real requirement and best practice.
The HSE is to confirm, in writing, to the INMO tomorrow (Friday), levels of current preparedness and answer all of the questions outlined in our letter of date, and raised at our meeting.
We will circulate this information, immediately we receive it, to our members.
In the event that members have any concerns, please contact your Industrial Relations Officer, with a view to raising your concerns directly with Hospital Community Care Management.
Thanking you for your attention to this Notice and, all updates will be issued to you directly when receive them.
PHIL Ni SHEAGHDHA,
Director of Industrial Relations.
Are the Health Services Prepared for an Ebola Outbreak. 10.10.14
Attn All INMO Members
The INMO are seeking a full account of the contingency plans the Irish Health Service, in both acute hospitals and community services, have in place in anticipation/preparedness of a patient with Ebola or suspected Ebola presenting for care and have written to Mr Tony O'Brien, CEO, HSE Acute Services, asking for an outline of the contingency plans.
The INMO have also written to Dr Siobhan O'Halloran and to Dr Michael Shannon asking for their advice on the situation and are awaiting their clarification.
PHIL Ni SHEAGHDHA,
Director of Industrial Relations