Are American hospitals ready for Ebola? - page 5

I retired from a major trauma hospital in 2009 and even then I knew they weren't going to be able to handle a large epidemic of any kind. Most ICU's only have 1 or 2 negativepressure isolation... Read More

  1. by   brandy1017
    Quote from sistrmoon
    The irony with this is that the company developing the med to treat had shipped all to Africa so there was none for him.
    But the poor pregnant woman was turned away from several hospitals and then died so he wouldn't be able to be cared for in a hospital either if he was sick and they don't have enough beds or staff. So he would have stayed home and probably died without any medical care!
  2. by   MassED
    [QUOTE=nynursey_;8152777]You honestly believe this individual knew he was infected with Ebola ... for certain Ebola. And lied to leave Liberia. And then allowed himself to be discharged with a diagnosis of a viral illness. And then went back? ...

    If he were really seeking medical treatment in the US for a better survival rate, don't you think he would have essentially told health care personnel he had Ebola?
    [/QUOTE

    You are assuming a lot about this guy. You assume he had some logic
    In his thinking, or even intelligence. He knowingly left his country, lying about his exposure. If he makes it, I hope an example is made of him (in the u.s., as well as Liberia, which is what will already hapoen) for exposing this and not quarantining himself in Liberia.
    Last edit by MassED on Oct 7, '14
  3. by   joanna73
    That's another dilemma: is the current PPE enough to adequately protect us? I've always been skeptical.
  4. by   sistrmoon
    Quote from joanna73
    That's another dilemma: is the current PPE enough to adequately protect us? I've always been skeptical.
    The story I saw blamed it on the nurse touching her face with a glove. I think either a wash down needs to happen before removing the suit, a 2nd person needs to assist or the suits need to be redesigned. Can you really imagine she wouldn't be careful? I would treat it like defusing a bomb. And they've euthanized her dog too.
  5. by   lee1
  6. by   AdamantiteEnigma
    Your link leads to a login page for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. It is not able to be read unfortunately due to having to be logged onto their system:


    NOTICE!
    The information on this service and network is the property of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and is protected by all applicable intellectual and property rights.
    In order to utilize this service, you must be assigned an account on the RWJUH network and specifically granted access to this service. Information is only accessible as defined by the system administrators. The Helpdesk cannot change passwords over the phone.
  7. by   1KoolRN
    Was any info ever released on which flights numbers he took? Just wondering about all those people that were on the same planes...

    And is that experimental drug they gave him the same one being given in Africa?
  8. by   typoagain
    Quote from schoolRNapril
    So why didn't he just come out and say, "I'm from Africa and I've been exposed to Ebola there?" That's what I don't understand. It had to have been in the back of his mind that it was probably Ebola when he started to get sick. There were things he wasn't upfront about from the beginning.
    Maybe it has to do with the fact that he knew that if he had said that, then he would also be admitting that he broke the law and deliberately exposed hundreds of people for personal gain.
  9. by   icumufasa
    The disease came n went, the paranoid people were left feeling stupid, Africans including myself were stereotyped. I made more enemies at work due to ignorance than anything else. The thing is, reading books should not stop in nursing school. Educate yourselves people. The last thing you want to do as a medic is make people believe that the zombie apocalypse is coming up therefore they should lock themselves in bunkers.
  10. by   toomuchbaloney
    Quote from icumufasa
    The disease came n went, the paranoid people were left feeling stupid, Africans including myself were stereotyped. I made more enemies at work due to ignorance than anything else. The thing is, reading books should not stop in nursing school. Educate yourselves people. The last thing you want to do as a medic is make people believe that the zombie apocalypse is coming up therefore they should lock themselves in bunkers.
    Bold and italics mine.
    I am not certain that the paranoid people feel stupid at all. Some of them continue to try to make a case that people should be more frightened of ebola, that it can have a respiratory transmission.
  11. by   do5051
    Individual healthcare organizations needs to develop a strategic plan that includes the education and training of health care providers designated to care for a patient is suspected or confirme Evola Virus Disease. The plan needs to include simulation training, which affords the learner opportunities to practice with in a setting that mimics "real life" and with PPE. Once validated in skills such as donning and doffing PPE, laboratory skills, etc, there need to be frequent drills to maintain competency. In my learning environment, we drill 5 times and then quarterly to maintain skill sets as patients are infrequent. The goal of the plan is to support the health care provider to transfer knowledge and skills from the learning environment to the clinical setting.
    Reponses from those having first hand experience in training or care, or anyone, would be most welcomed.

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