For our patients: Helpful information about Ebola
Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patients, communities, employees and physicians.
Sutter Health’s team of infection control and emergency preparedness experts is closely monitoring the Ebola virus. We have taken steps to help ensure that we can safely evaluate, isolate and potentially treat anyone who might have Ebola.
- We follow policies and procedures that meet national and state guidelines for screening and treating patients with Ebola.
- We rigorously and repeatedly train our staff, including those in hospital emergency departments, admitting and intensive care units, as well as others throughout our care centers. This work includes making sure that our caregivers have and properly use the recommended safety equipment.
Changes underway across Sutter Health
We take great care to help protect you and our caregivers.
As part of our standard process, we now ask these questions of all patients who visit or call us because they don’t feel well:
- Have you travelled to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea or Mali in the last 21 days?
- Have you been exposed to anyone who is suspected or known to have Ebola?
- Have you had a fever over 100 degrees, chills, sweats, headache, muscle aches, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or unexplained bleeding?
Know the facts about Ebola
- So far California has no confirmed cases of Ebola virus.
- No California hospital has yet admitted any patients considered at high risk for the disease.
- In the United States, the risk of catching the Ebola virus remains extremely low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health experts.
- Ebola is not easy to catch. There are two ways to catch the virus:
- Direct contact with body fluids of a sick person showing symptoms of the illness
- Direct contact with body fluids of a person who has died from Ebola
- The illness is not spread through the air.
- Symptoms of Ebola include a fever over 100 degrees, severe headache, muscle aches, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or unexplained bleeding.
- State and federal health officials investigate all suspected cases of Ebola and will immediately inform communities of an Ebola case. So far, no Sutter Health hospital has treated a patient confirmed to have Ebola.
Know what to do if exposed to Ebola
Please call your doctor or one of our care centers for instructions if you have a fever or symptoms and you traveled to West Africa in the last 21 days or had contact with someone known or suspected to have Ebola. By calling a Sutter Health care center before coming in, our medical staff can direct you to the right location and the best care possible. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.