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the hospital said, "Our care team provided Mr. Duncan with the same high level of attention and are that would be given any patient, regardless of nationality or ability to pay for care." The hospital said: "We have a long history of treating a multicultural community in this area."
Why wasn't he immediately given an experimental drug? Because one wasn't available, the hospital explained.
Why didn't he get a blood transfusion, like other Ebola patients in the United States? Because "his blood type was not compatible with the serum donors."
originally posted by: LDragonFire
Lets see he went to the hospital with a fever, I'm assuming he spoke. Was this the only hospital in the country not able to add 1 plus 1? High fever plus African somehow equaled sending him home with a prescription?
originally posted by: SourGrapes
What protocols were in place in the hospitals, before Mr. Duncan's case, that specifically said any and everyone who comes to the clinic or er with any sort of viral symptoms and has recently traveled to Liberia are to be considered to be infected with Ebola, until tested negative?
Before Mr. Duncan, the media may have been discussing ebola and showing where it is and the cdc was beginning to put policies in place and set up quarantine areas, just in case. But, Mr. Duncan was the VERY FIRST person that was diagnosed inside the United States with the virus. Unless the medical staff was given specific orders to treat all persons from Libera as if they had ebola (which, btw, could become a racist issue in itself), then how can they be held accountable for not treating him like he had ebola.
He stated that he recently traveled to Liberia. Did he tell them he may have ebola? Did he tell them he was exposed to ebola?
This is not a race issue. He was treated the same way anyone who walked into urgent care with the same symptoms would have been treated. Except, many people with the same symptoms are only assessed by a PA and don't even get in front of a real ER doctor. Duncan was seen by a real live Doctor. This doctor didn't even know to treat it as ebola, since it wasn't yet protocol.
Medical professionals are not fortune tellers. Now. NOW, the hospitals know to check for ebola, thanks to Mr. Duncan.
Healthcare providers should be alert for and evaluate suspected patients for Ebola virus infection who have both consistent symptoms and risk factors as follows: 1) Clinical criteria, which includes fever of greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage; AND 2) Epidemiologic risk factors within the past 3 weeks before the onset of symptoms, such as contact with blood or other body fluids of a patient known to have or suspected to have EVD; residence in—or travel to—an area where EVD transmission is active;