First responders are learning what to do if Ebola does come to Central New York

Field training officer

First responders are learning what to do if Ebola does come to Central New York. Field training officer, Stan Goettel is getting ready, just in case.

"My objective is to be able to take good care of my patients , while protecting myself from anything that may splatter on me," says Goettel.

With two patients already infected in the US, Goettel would be among those on the front lines responding to a case if it came to Central New York.

He's suiting up in special gear to show us how they would protect themselves and the patients. Goettel puts on a gown that covers his entire body, specialized gloves, along with a mask and goggles. Rural Metro will also be getting face shields within the next week. For an extra barrier, they'll double up on gloves.

"We were already at the guideline and now we've taken it a step further to make sure that we're protecting our staff . So, we really are going above and beyond to make sure we're doing that," says Melissa Fleischmann, Marketing development Manager at Rural Metro Medical Services.

Because this disease can be transferred through blood and bodily fluids, Rural Metro would use ear thermometers; so there's no exposure to salvia.

The staff already has all the equipment they need in the very unlikely event that Ebola makes its way into Central New York. But, to be safe, they've recently added another layer of protection.

"If the patient meets the criteria under the CDC guidelines, then they would put on additional gear . And , in addition to that, they can notify the hospital in advance . So , when they arrive, the hospital is also well prepared for that patient," says Fleischmann.

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