Stung by Ebola crisis, Dallas hospital changes procedures


DALLAS (AP) – The Dallas hospital where two nurses were infected with Ebola after treating a Liberian man says it has instituted new procedures for treatment of infectious diseases.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital issued a statement Friday that says electronic medical records will highlight any risks associated with a patient’s travel.

Officials say a new triage procedure will identify high-risk patients and move them from the emergency room to an isolation unit by staff outfitted in protective gear.

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The hospital also asserts that “face-to-face communication” between nurses and doctors will increase so they don’t rely solely on medical records.

Friday’s statement came the same day Dallas officials announced Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke by phone with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The two discussed how Liberians in Dallas are working to support their Ebola-ravaged homeland.