Potentially infectious patient forces Missouri hospital to divert ambulances

Clinton, Mo.-based Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare diverted ambulances from its emergency department July 9 due to a potentially infectious patient.

GVMH said clinicians identified the potential infection risk through a routine screening process and immediately implemented CDC protocols. The hospital diverted ambulances while the patient was seeking treatment and created an alternative emergency site in the hospital to treat other ED patients.

GVMH did not elaborate on the patients' symptoms or potential disease but said the individual was safely transferred to another facility.

"The quick action of our staff helped a patient receive timely and appropriate care," GVMH CEO Craig Thompson said in a press release. "GVMH's highest priority is the health and wellness of our community, and I'm proud of how our staff and providers responded."

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