MedStar Washington Hospital's Ebola team earns patient safety award

The District of Columbia Hospital Association has given its 2015 Patient Safety Award to the Washington, D.C.-based MedStar Washington Hospital Center's Biocontainment Unit team, recognizing the team's efforts in planning and training for potential Ebola patients.

The experts on the Ebola prep team planned, educated and trained hospital personnel on what to do in an Ebola situation. They also led the response on two situations involving patients who had symptoms that indicated possible Ebola.

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Additionally, MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a nationally designated Ebola Treatment Center.

"The Biocontainment Unit team is a unique blend of people all working to accomplish one goal — to provide safe, high quality and compassionate care to people who become seriously ill from an infectious disease," said Craig DeAtley, director of emergency management for the hospital. "The award recognizes the importance of teamwork as the planning, practice and commitment must all come together in order to achieve the desired results."

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