Swedish Issaquah Announces High-Level Containment Assessment Unit

April 22, 2015

As efforts continue in West Africa to control the current Ebola outbreak, the CDC has prompted US healthcare facilities to implement systems necessary to raise preparedness levels at home. The lessons learned from the few cases of US infection have been well utilized in planning and preparing for such events, and Swedish Issaquah is pleased to announce the arrival of its own modular high-level assessment and isolation unit.

In November 2014 Swedish set the goal of being among the first hospitals in Washington to be designated as Ebola assessment-ready, and after an extensive multidisciplinary effort on the part of nearly every provider and volunteer, that designation is confirmed. The program, organized in coordination with state and federal officials, utilizes the hospital’s existing Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms and introduces strict protocols for admissions screening and triage.

“The great work Swedish has done preparing for Ebola and other diseases requiring high level containment has been validated by our state visit and we are confirmed ready for a high-level containment unit and high quality and safe assessment and initial treatment of patients suffering from conditions such as Ebola,” said Michael Myint, MD, “We plan on continuing to maintain the ability to mobilize the unit and the team for any diseases now and in the future requiring a high level of containment.”

Since the final evaluation was conducted on March 18th by the Department of Health, Swedish Issaquah is now prepared to assess and treat an Ebola patient for 96 hours. For those requiring extended treatment, systems are in place to move patients to one of three Ebola treatment designated hospitals in the state; Harborview, Children’s Hospital or Sacred Heart in Spokane.

As a display of readiness, the new systems will be tested with a 12-hour, full-function drill on May 7th. The high-level assessment unit is part of the Swedish commitment to the health and safety of its community and caregivers.