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Volume 23, Number 6—June 2017

Sustainability of High-Level Isolation Capabilities among US Ebola Treatment Centers

Jocelyn J. HersteinComments to Author , Paul D. Biddinger, Shawn G. Gibbs, Aurora B. Le, Katelyn C. Jelden, Angela L. Hewlett, and John J. Lowe
Author affiliations: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA (J.J. Herstein, K.C. Jelden, A.L. Hewlett, J.J. Lowe); Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (P.D. Biddinger); Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington, Indiana, USA (S.G. Gibbs, A.B. Le)

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Table 2

Operational capabilities HLIUs reported they would add or construct if funding were available, United States*

Funding amount Capability No. HLIUs
$100,000 Additional training/drills (e.g., for other diseases, purchase of simulation equipment) 6
Broad supplies/equipment (e.g., beds, ventilators, family support technology/equipment) 4

Laboratory capability and capacity (e.g., reduced transport of materials, lab hood in unit, purchase of new decontamination equipment)
$500,000 On-site waste disposal 4
Expanded and updated patient rooms 3
Enhanced laboratory capabilities (e.g., additional laboratory tests, larger lab space) 3

Expanded isolation unit (e.g., increase capacity of negative-pressure rooms)
$1,000,000 Renovated/expanded isolation unit 4
Separate, permanent isolation unit 3
Expanded training (e.g., increased frequency) 2

*Individual HLIUs self-reported data through an electronically administered survey administered in 2016. HLIU, high-level isolation unit.

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