Jean Benson

Jean Benson

Owner at Weeks Medical Center

173 MIDDLE ST, Lancaster, New Hampshire, United States
HQ Phone:
(603) 788-4911

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Dr. Jean Benson Presents Information for EMS on Ebola

Weeks Medical Center physician, Dr. Jean Benson was on hand to give an educational presentation on Ebola to area EMS providers on November 4, 2014 at the 45th Parallel EMS station.
In attendance were members of the 45th Parallel EMS, Pittsburg Fire Department, Beecher Falls Volunteer Fire Department, and Errol Rescue Squad. Dr. Benson, in conjunction with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, has been educating local healthcare providers on Ebola, including symptom identification and safety measures to implement when responding to possible Ebola cases. Dr. Benson emphasized that it is high unlikely that patients with Ebola will be encountered in the North Country, however all EMS providers need to be prepared, educated, trained, and equipped to care for Ebola patients. The Ebola virus is not as infectious as other viruses and is transmitted primarily from infected bodily fluids coming into contact with an opening in another person's body (i.e. eyes, mouth, nose, breaks in skin, etc.) in order for them to contract the virus. The disease is not transmitted through the air and the virus does not survive for very long on dry surfaces. She reminded attendees repeatedly that Ebola is difficult to transmit. Ebola is highly lethal, however, which is why outbreaks tend to be highly publicized. Dr. Benson stressed that the resources in the United States are adequate to deal with Ebola whereas the resources in the African countries are not.

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