Local hospitals to be stress tested on response to Ebola

By News Staff

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The Rhode Island Health Department, local hospitals and The Rhode Island Medical Society announced plans Tuesday to stress test local hospitals ability to respond to Ebola.

All three groups met Tuesday to iron out plans for the test.

The Health Department will lead the tests that will involve mock patients seeking emergency treatment.

The goal is to address gaps in the system.

The Health Department said in a statement today:

We are currently fine-tuning our stress test procedures to specifically look at Ebola response protocols. This involves a collaborative effort among the Department of Health, hospitals, and professional associations. Stress testing is a phased process which requires significant coordinated actions and our goal is to have the testing done as quickly as possible while ensuring it is done with the exacting quality the process deserves. At the end of the day, we owe nothing less to our healthcare professionals.