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His case exposed serious flaws in the emergency room intake process of a major hospital and alerted other medical centers across the country about the need to educate all staff about how to screen for Ebola. Both nurses and doctors who had initially assessed Duncan’s symptoms on Sept. 25 apparently had access to Duncan's travel history through the hospital electronic health record system, but they sent him home anyway with antibiotics -- a decision that may have potentially endangered his life and exposed scores of Dallas residents to Ebola symptoms.
But perhaps what’s more alarming is the way the hospital has released information about Duncan’s first contact with health care workers. In the very first press conference, a spokesman for Texas Health had nothing to say about Duncan’s gap in care or potential mistakes workers had made. Then the hospital admitted one nurse knew he had come from Liberia, but the information wasn’t properly disseminated. Then they said that a flaw in the workflow of the hospital's electronic health record system was to blame. Then it turned out both doctor and nurse did have access to his travel history, and that there was in fact no flaw with the hospital's record system.
“For me, the most disappointing thing isn’t that the system didn’t work, but in the aftermath, instead of helping every other hospital in the country understand where their system failed and learn from it, they have thrown out a whole lot of distractions,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, a professor at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, in an interview with The New York Times.
originally posted by: CardiffGiant
there is no reason medical staff in dallas needs to know anything about a disease that was(up until then) only found in africa.
people are just trying to lay blame.
this non citizen lied on his exit of his country to come here and get free care.
now the family wants to be paid
medical staff are not geography masters. no reason they should be
also, i doubt a disease outbreak in africa makes the local hospital bulletins in dallas.
Despite frequent alerts from the Centers for Disease Control over the past few months about the risks for the spread of Ebola from West Africa, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas sent Thomas Eric Duncan home after he went to the emergency room feeling ill on Sept. 25. He had told intake nurses of his recent travels to West Africa, but physicians did not identify him as a potential Ebola patient.
Though it's known for the extreme hemorrhagic symptoms -- the bleeding out of the eyes, etc. -- not everyone will experience these. "In fact, only 20 percent of people will have [these extreme symptoms]" Bhadelia said. "Some people may succumb to the illness before it gets to that point, some may have minor bleeding, some may just have bleeding of the gums, or bruising."
originally posted by: kaylaluv
a reply to: badgerprints
Even the hospital admits they screwed up:
Oh and by the way, I still haven't found any source that confirms the pregnant woman was taken to an ebola treatment center. Every source says it was simply a hospital. The article I linked above also states that the pregnant woman was the first ebola case in Duncan's neighborhood, so it is definitely a possibility that no one knew she had ebola.
originally posted by: AutOmatIc
Exactly, the entire country he was in had/has a massive ebola outbreak. It's all anyone can talk about/worry about. For him to say he didn't know about the ebola outbreak would be as if he were standing next to you, farted really loud, and then tried to blame it on "those damn barking spiders". Ridiculous to the point of being offensive.
reply to: CardiffGiant
From the clinic, where she was given an intravenous drip but deteriorated sharply, they were sent to an Ebola treatment unit and then another, at a time when there were no Ebola beds available in the city.
But the Blessing Home Clinic, which examined Marthalene on Sept. 15, had diagnosed malaria, according to staffers. When she started convulsing, they told the family to take her to a hospital.
"Her parents said she never died of Ebola, so everyone in the community went to sympathize," said a furious Martu Weeforo, 37, one of the neighbors on the hill. "Plenty of people came in the yard."
Mekey said his parents left home early Thursday after falling sick a few days ago. He said they had gone to get treatment, but he didn't know where. Their phones were switched off.
Garway, the neighbor, went to an Ebola treatment unit in the John F. Kennedy Medical Center on Thursday, shocked into action by the deaths of his wife and Sonny Boy. Speaking by phone from the treatment unit, he said he and his wife both started feeling odd nine days ago.
"Everybody started getting sick. Everybody started feeling funny at the same time," Garway said. "I am happy I'm among the living."
originally posted by: texasgirl
My whole argument about the Dallas deputy Monnig having Ebola just collapsed. They recently interviewed him live on local news and he looks okay. He is feeling better, his fever has gone down, but he is still drained. He does have a virus, they just haven't identified which one yet. He expects to be back at work Wednesday.
At least I was right about him having a fever.