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Lourdes Nurses Follow Protocol

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PASCO, WA - Three patients that visited Lourdes in Pasco for routine lab work have many in our community asking questions. After a public statement was sent out from Lourdes, NBC Right Now met with the Director of Marketing and the Infection Control Practitioner to get more details.

These patients were sent to Lourdes after a doctor ordered them to get routine lab work. A nurse noticed one of them had a cough, then followed CDC guidelines and asked if they had traveled out of the country. The patients told the nurse they traveled from East Africa, which is not one of the three West African regions in question over Ebola.

Fran Petersen, the Infection Control Practitioner and Quality Manager said, "we don't have Ebola at Lourdes, we are very prepared and follow the criteria and guidelines set by the CDC".

"What has happened is people have gotten a little panicked in our community and we want to make sure people understand and know this a safe place to receive their care" Melanie Johnston, the Director of Marketing at Lourdes, explained.

Lourdes representatives said their nurses are well trained in isolation techniques and have a flowchart that follows those precautions.

Lourdes said their nurses took every screening step seriously and properly. They would perform a similar type of screening for any patient who has recently traveled out of the country. Lourdes is scheduled to hold a table top drill Thursday morning for the protocols.