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How Children's Hospital is dealing with Ebola

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Staff at Rady Children's Hospital here in San Diego are preparing in case they ever have to handle a possible Ebola patient.

The hospital held a training session Monday to show health care workers how to safely treat a potential case.

The scenario was as serious as it gets: a woman brings her child to the ER. The first critical question when trying to detect Ebola is if the patient has recently been to West Africa.

"They'll do some screening, talk about symptoms, and make the decision at that point whether we're concerned. For our simulation, we're concerned," hospital safety officer Chris Abe said.

The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, possibly a rash, red eyes, and unexplained bleeding. Any of those are met with caution, and full protective equipment before being taken into a special part of the hospital to control the spread of the virus.

"We realized that because we are a very global population that travels all around the world and we have a very multicultural ethic population in San Diego, it was very important to prepare for a patient with Ebola coming to San Diego," Rady Children's COO Dr. Nicolas Holmes said.

Holmes says the big take away is that the staff will be safe as long as they put on their personal protective equipment, and take it off the correct way.

The other big lesson is the importance of communication -- something blamed for a health care worker in Dallas contracting the virus.

"If you look at the event that happened in Dallas, the nurse and physician weren't communicating. It's not just communicating via electronics, it's actual verbal communication between the nursing staff and physician staff. That's key to be able to handle a situation like this," Holmes said.

Officials say Monday's training went well, but it's far from over.

"We want to learn from it, and when we do it tomorrow it'll get better. We do it the next day, more staff will have learned," Abe said.

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