Texas Children's Hospital opens unit in case child has Ebola, superbug

Since last year's outbreak of Ebola, many U.S. hospitals have renovated rooms and increased training to handle a potential case, but Texas Children's Hospital has taken a step beyond and built a separate isolation unit, according to Kaiser Health News. Judith Campbell, M.D., medical director for infection control and prevention at the hospital, said the $16 million project was funded via the hospital's capital funds and $1 million in donations. The unit features eight patient rooms with antechambers, so that clinicians can put on personal protective equipment, and a separate door to a third room where they can take the equipment off after they treat the child. The unit also features a separate biosafety lab, medical waste room and a locker room with showers. Campbell told the publication the units will be useful to handle any superbug that requires patients be in isolation. Article

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