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UPDATED October 23, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

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UPDATED October 23, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

Local EMS squads train for Ebola

Mary Mattingly
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Ripley County EMS conducted training on EMS response to Ebola Tuesday morning. Scott Huffman, training officer, led the presentation to about 20 people, including dispatchers and EMS workers at the Delaware Volunteer Fire Department building. “Things (information, protocol) are changing faster than I can keep up with,” he announced. He got much of his information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

On Monday, Ripley County Health Department held an Ebola response-partner agency information share session for EMS, hospital, free clinic and urgent care in Batesville and law enforcement. According to Huffman, Margaret Mary Health had training with staff on how to properly remove the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit this week. Huffman said it is recommended to use a Hazmat-type suit, double gloves, with no skin exposed anywhere. He was told that during the training hospital workers dipped their hands in chocolate to show how they may unknowingly touch their face or expose skin to the virus. It’s believed the health care worker in Dallas contracted the virus when she was removing her protective suit without cleaning her hands, he said.

Huffman also mentioned how common the symptoms of fever, headache, and muscle pain or weakness are among their patient calls. “We see it everyday,” he said. He passed out a sheet of symptoms and told the responders if a patient has any of the first symptoms but also responds affirmatively to travel to West Africa then appropriate PPE should be adhered to, and they should let the receiving facility know via phone (not radio, so as to not incite panic from scanner listeners) that you may have a suspected case of Ebola. He noted that towns like Batesville with a corporate base for international companies may be more vulnerable, since they have frequent business travelers and visitors.

Good documentation is a must, he told the EMS squads, in case where it started and who may be exposed has to be tracked. The responders also discussed reducing the number of people responding to the call, which could limit exposure. Once the ambulance workers arrive at the facility, they are not to get out but let the health-care workers transport the patient. The ambulance will be lined and decontaminated with bleach or another disinfectant.

Huffman said it may never happen here, but if it does, squads and health-care workers should be prepared and act accordingly. “It’s best to err on the side of caution,” he said. “Are you going to get looks when you enter a house? Yes, you are. But eventually, I want to go home to my family,” and this is the best way to do so safely for both.

The same EMS Ebola training was also given for the Sunman Life squad on Wednesday.



UPDATED October 23, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

Candidate List

Democrat

Timothy L. Sutton, Osgood, Ripley County Sheriff; William “Bill” Dramann, Batesville, County Council District 1; John Kellerman, Batesville, Superior Court Judge; Susan Hall Heitzman, Vernon, Congress 6th District

Republican

Robert J. Linville, Osgood, District 1 Commissioner; Jeff Sharp, Milan, Superior Court Judge; Ryan King, Batesville, Circuit Court Judge; Jeff Cumberworth, Holton, Ripley County Sheriff; Ron Decker, Batesville County Council District 1; Jeff French, Versailles, Ripley County Surveyor

Non-Partisan
Tim Tuttle, Milan, Milan School Board At Large; Randy Kirk, Milan, Milan School Board, Washington Twp.;
Mike Brandes, Milan, Milan School Board, Washington Twp.


UPDATED September 9, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Newspaper to publish candidate information for fall election

All political candidates are invited to advertise in the Osgood Journal and The Versailles Republican to reach the voters of Ripley County with your message. A continuous candidate listing will begin Sept. 16. For $125 your name along with the office you are running for will appear in the both papers through the General Election. In addition, you will receive a press release along with a photo in one of the newspapers. The press release must be submitted to our office along with a photo. Please call 812-689-6364, email publication@ripleynews.com or stop by our office at 115 S. Washington Street in Versailles and we will be happy to help you with all your political advertising needs. Our office takes all major credit cards.


UPDATED October 22, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.


Milan man featured on cable channel

CORRECTION: The Tuesday, October 21 edition of the Osgood Journal about local business M&L Solutions, LLC, Dr. Dan's Skin Care, located in Milan incorrectly stated Dr. Dan Biders. The correct spelling is Dr. Dan Viders.

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