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1:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Health Dept. Conducts Ebola "Exercises" With Hospitals

The Rhode Island health department says it’s conducting exercises with hospitals to test their readiness for Ebola patients.

In a weekly update to reporters, state health officials say there are no cases of Ebola in Rhode Island, although they have investigated – and ruled out – "a number of" possible cases since August.

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Health Care
9:19 am
Wed October 29, 2014

New Hepatitis C Drugs May Push State Over Budget

Providing medical assistance to low income Rhode Islanders will cost the state more than projected. One of the major factors behind the increase is the cost of two new drugs.                   

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Health Care
4:31 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Ebola Patient Ashoka Mukpo: There Were Times When I Didn't Know If I'd Survive

Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo left The Nebraska Medical Center, where he was treated for Ebola, after spending about ten days in isolation.
Credit The Nebraska Medical Center

There were times when Ashoka Mukpo didn’t know if he would survive Ebola. Mukpo spent about two and a half weeks in a Nebraska hospital after coming down with Ebola while working as a freelance cameraman in Liberia

He is now back home in Providence.

Mukpo said even thought his symptoms got worse, he knew he was in good hands. After about twelve days he could see in his doctors’ eyes that he was probably going to make it.  “I felt that it was manageable, I never felt serious panic coming from any of the nurses,” he said. “So I felt that I was in relatively good hands.”

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Health Care
2:04 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Lifespan, CVS MinuteClinics To Share Electronic Medical Records

Credit CVS Health

Lifespan hospitals and CVS pharmacy’s walk-in health clinics say they’ve agreed to share patients’ electronic medical records.

Lifespan is Rhode Island’s biggest health system, and it’s in the midst of implementing a brand new electronic medical records system. A spokeswoman for Lifespan says there’s no timeline yet for the collaboration with CVS Health (formerly CVS Caremark), and the details still have to be worked out. But sometime after the system is live, the two organizations will be able to share information about patients.

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Health Care
2:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

For Now, Monitoring, But No Isolation For W. African Arrivals

The Rhode Island Department of Health says it’s currently monitoring several recent arrivals from West Africa to guard against Ebola. But some members of the West African community want the health department to do more.

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Health Care
9:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rhode Islander Diagnosed With Ebola Better, Set To Be Released

Ashoka Mukpo is free of the Ebola virus, and is scheduled to be released from isolation Wednesday.
Credit facebook

The Rhode Islander who was the fifth American to return to the US to be treated for Ebola, is virus-free. Doctors say he will be released from isolation this morning.

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Health Care
9:26 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Nurses Raise Concerns About Ebola Preparation In The State

A union representing thousands of nurses in Rhode Island released the results of a member survey about hospital preparedness on Monday. About 360 members responded. And the union says half said they hadn’t received any formal communications about Ebola preparations from their hospitals. 92 percent said they weren’t sure whether they had – or didn’t have - the proper equipment to protect themselves. But hospitals say they’re doing all they can to keep workers safe. 

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Local Features
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

At The Crossroads, Part 1: A Tale Of Two Epidemics

Note: This estimate includes people not typically counted by national health surveys. The CDC estimates about 3 million Americans are infected but doesn't include people who are incarcerated, on active military duty, or in nursing homes.
Credit Jake Harper / RIPR

One infectious disease – Ebola – is dominating the headlines now. But there’s another that affects far more people around the world, including here in the U.S.

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Health Care
11:45 am
Fri October 17, 2014

RI Nurses On Ebola: We're Not Ready Yet; Hospitals Respond

Rhode Island State Nurses Association head Donna Policastro said a national nursing organization is encouraging nurses to refuse to care for patients showing signs of Ebola – if they don’t feel their hospitals are adequately prepared. Policastro said this puts nurses in a difficult position.

“Through our code of ethics we take care of everyone," said Policastro. "But nurses need to feel protected. And those two nurses in Dallas serve as symbols of the fact that Dallas Presbyterian wasn’t ready. And they said they were ready.”

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Health Care
9:36 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rhode Island Nurses Prep For Ebola

The transmission of Ebola to two Texas nurses has raised concern among health care workers nationwide. And there are concerns as well in Rhode Island.

Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, Donna Policastro, says Rhode Island nurses are worried but well prepared for a potential Ebola outbreak. Policastro says the situation in Dallas has given nurses and hospital officials more reason to plan than panic.

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