Stay Informed: Baton Rouge General Provides Resource for Ebola Preparedness

Baton Rouge, La. --- In an effort to keep the community informed and provide helpful information regarding public safety, Baton Rouge General has created an Ebola information page for the community with frequently asked questions and tips about Ebola, including an educational video, as well as links to additional resources. The hospital also continues to provide up-to-date information and facts about the virus on its Facebook page. While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that Ebola poses no substantial risk to the U.S. general population, Baton Rouge General is well prepared and will continue efforts to communicate with the community about important information regarding the Ebola virus.

The hospital has developed and exercised special policies, procedures, and precautions for a potential patient infected with the Ebola virus:

  • Hospital front line’s immediate screening and identification for all patients to determine recent exposure during travel as well as symptoms
  • Isolation and precautionary requirements for staff and family/visitor contact
  • Use of appropriate personal protective equipment – masks, goggles, gown, gloves, etc.
  • Testing and treatment protocols and processes for contact with patient and use of medical devices/equipment
  • Environmental signage and information for patient and staff awareness and policy education

Baton Rouge General continues to work closely together with the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security, Office of Public Health and the State Epidemiologist, other hospitals in the region, as well as local and state agencies to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and the community.

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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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