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The current focus on the death of a patient with Ebola in Dallas and the subsequent infection of two nurses at the same hospital, as well as the global nature of travel today, has led some to wonder how community hospitals might deal with possible Ebola patients. As it does with any actual or potential public health emergency, KershawHealth has created policies and procedures for Ebola preparedness. In addition, the hospital is working closely with SC DHEC and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) to amend its plan as necessary, and is continually updating and educating staff members.

“We take infection prevention and control, and public health, very seriously,” says Infection Prevention and Control Director Paula Guild, MSN, RN, CIC “and we have been thinking about and working on our preparedness since early August. We have an Ebola plan in place, and our staff has been trained on the proper procedures, and is being updated regularly. In addition, we would not hesitate to contact DHEC if we had any concerns about a patient.”

Public health officials have emphasized that the risk of contracting Ebola in the US is extremely low. The disease is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person who is showing symptoms of the disease (fever, vomiting, diarrhea).  There is very little risk of transmission from those who have been exposed to the virus but are not yet showing symptoms.

KershawHealth’s has already begun implementing key portions of its Ebola plan, including:

  • Posting signs at all patient intake areas to alert patients to disclose travel to West Africa (particularly Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone), and indicating potential Ebola symptoms such as fever, severe vomiting or diarrhea, intense weakness or muscle aches, etc.
  • Providing inservice education on Ebola for personnel in patient intake positions, including the Emergency Department, EMS, nursing, registration, and others
  • Ensuring adequate inventory of PPE (personal protective equipment) and training appropriate personnel on the proper use of such equipment
  • Identifying potential isolation rooms and appropriate isolation and infection prevention procedures to be used if necessary
  • Implementing daily briefings of appropriate staff members to keep them apprised of the evolving situation.

Other portions of the plan will be implemented if and when they become necessary.

“Our nurses and clinical staff are very aware of Ebola symptoms, and are being diligent about identifying patients with appropriate symptoms or a history of travel to affected areas,” says Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Collier, MSN, RN. “As always, our concern for patients and visitors is foremost, and we are exhibiting the utmost professionalism.”

Thinking carefully about the current situation, constantly evaluating how tasks are performed, and always employing the most effective infection prevention techniques are key to keeping both the public and KershawHealth staff members safe.

Naturally, KershawHealth is monitoring CDC and SC DHEC reports daily for any new updates related to Ebola preparedness. As public health officials often stress, training and education are the best way to maintain an adequate level of readiness for any emergency.

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In Major League baseball new last night the Tampa Bay Rays have signed Camden Native Michael Khon to a one year Major League deal. Khon who played for the Anaheim Angels last year sported a 3.04 earned run average  in 25 appearances.

 

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Last night in girl’s high school volleyball the Camden High Lady Bulldogs defeated the Chapin Lady Eagles three games to none officially making them region champions.

 

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Tonight in High School football the North Central Knights travel to Fort Mill to battle Indian Land kickoff is set for 7:30.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 its high school football as the Camden High Bulldogs host Dreher. Join us at 6:45 for a very special pregame as Camden High honor the 1964 State Championship team and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Lugoff Elgin Demons travel to Harry Prone Stadium to take on the Spring Valley Vikings.

 

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Saturday on Kool 102.7 at 12:30 its College Football as the Tiger Tailgate show gets you ready for the Clemson Tigers and the Boston College Eagles and on Startime 1590 at 9am it’s Gamecock Gameday as the South Carolina Gamecocks are back in action from their bye week as they host the Furman Paladins.

 

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Sunday on Kool 102.7 following our church services its NFL action as the  Carolina Panthers take on the Green Bay Packers.

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Sunday on Startime 1590 at 1:00 its Nascar Sprint Cup Geico 500 live from Talladega Speedway.

Kershaw County  Council earlier this week pitched on the idea of equipping Kershaw County sheriff’s deputies will body cameras.  Sheriff Jim Matthews told council that the sheriff’s office has been studying the matter since April of this year. Matthews says that using body cams could help in a number of ways including providing evidence in cases as well as ensuring professional conduct on the part of  law enforcement officers.The cost initially would come to forty-seven thousand dollars.  Matthews was directed to see in the funds could be found in his budget.  If not, council will consider an appropriation for body cameras at their next meeting.

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Last night in girl’s high school volleyball the Camden High Lady Bulldogs fell to the Lugoff Elgin Lady Demons three games to two.

 

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Last night in Middle School football the Camden Middle School War Eagles used a late fourth quarter goal line stand to seal a 8-6 win over rival Lugoff Elgin.

Friday night in High School football the North Central Knights travel to Fort Mill to battle Indian Land kickoff is set for 7:30.

Friday night on Kool 102.7 its high school football as the Camden High Bulldogs host Dreher. Join us at 6:45 for a very special pregame as Camden High honor the 1964 State Championship team and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Lugoff Elgin Demons travel to Harry Prone Stadium to take on the Spring Valley Vikings.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at at 6:00 it’s the high school coaches hour football edition with Dave Thomas Louis Clyburn and Jimmy Neal.

 

In conjunction with their reading story, Animals Building Homes, and their Social Studies unit on community helpers, second graders at Lugoff Elementary School were intrigued with Officer Kelcy Branham and other officers from the Department of Natural Resources.  Her brother, Ayken, a 2nd grader at LES is assisting her.

Kershaw County Council  earlier this week passed third and final reading of the county tax millage ordinance for the current fiscal year.  Total millage comes to eighty-seven and a half mils.  Here’s the breakdown on county millage- sixty-six point four mils for county operations and personnel,  eight point eight mils for county debt service, nine point seven mils for county fire service and two point six mils for the county sewer district.  In addition people within the Lugoff fire district will pay a millage of twenty-five point eight mils.  The millage ordinance  passed third reading with a unanimous vote.

Earlier this week the KershawHealth board of trustees unanimously voted to invite Duke LifePoint and Capella Healthcare to make presentations about their organizations as potential health care partners.  The presentations are expected to be completed by the end of the month.  The board is looking at potential partnerships to offset current and future financial losses.

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Tonight in girl’s high school volleyball the Camden High Lady Bulldogs will host the Lugoff Elgin Lady Demons that match will start at 5:30.

 

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Friday night in High School football the North Central Knights travel to Fort Mill to battle Indian Land kickoff is set for 7:30.

Friday night on Kool 102.7 its high school football as the Camden High Bulldogs host Dreher. Join us at 6:45 for a very special pregame as Camden High honor the 1964 State Championship team and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Lugoff Elgin Demons travel to Harry Prone Stadium to take on the Spring Valley Vikings.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 5:45 its Middle School football the Camden Middle School War Eagles return to Zemp Stadium as they host the Lugoff Elgin Leaopards. The War Ealges are coming off a 14-6 win in Winnsboro against Fairfield Central.