Alberta nurses union says more specific training needed for Ebola
Oct 15, 2014

‘We want to keep our staff safe,’ says hospital CEO

EDMONTON (CP) — The union representing nurses in Alberta says members are worried they won’t know what to do if they have to treat a patient with Ebola.

Jane Sustrik with the United Nurses of Alberta says nurses want more education and support to treat a patient with the deadly disease.

A patient was put in isolation at an Edmonton hospital recently as a precaution and testing determined the patient did not have Ebola, but Sustrik says health-care staff were not given correct information for protecting themselves.

She says they were told they only needed to wear a regular mask, but says a special mask is needed when dealing with Ebola.

Sustrik says nurses have been trained in protective clothing and how to deal with infectious diseases in general, but the union is calling for more training, and specific training for dealing with Ebola.

Vickie Kaminski, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services, says she has heard the concerns from workers.

“We want to keep our staff safe, that’s an absolute priority for us,” Kaminski said. “If they need more training, we will provide it.”

Kaminski said training “has started immediately.”

A nurse in Dallas has tested positive for the virus after she cared for Ebola patient Thomas Duncan who was infected with the disease and later died.

Officials say Pham is in stable condition after receiving a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Kent Brantley.

In Canada, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola. One Canadian is in quarantine in hospital in Belleville, Ont. That patient returned from Sierra Leone, and was being tested for Ebola.

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