RN Detained and Quarantined As Ebola Hysteria Reaches a New Low

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Kaci Hickox, a nurse was placed under a mandatory Ebola quarantine in New Jersey by

  1. 1. Kaci Hickox, a nurse was placed under a mandatory Ebola quarantine in New Jersey by

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MissyWrite

MissyWrite

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(d) Apprehension and examination of persons reasonably believed to be infected

42 U.S.C.

United States Code, 2011 Edition

Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

CHAPTER 6A - PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE

SUBCHAPTER II - GENERAL POWERS AND DUTIES

Part G - Quarantine and Inspection

Sec. 264 - Regulations to control communicable diseases

264. Regulations to control communicable diseases

(1) Regulations prescribed under this section may provide for the apprehension and examination of any individual reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease in a qualifying stage and (A) to be moving or about to move from a State to another State; or (B) to be a probable source of infection to individuals who, while infected with such disease in a qualifying stage, will be moving from a State to another State. Such regulations may provide that if upon examination any such individual is found to be infected, he may be detained for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary. For purposes of this subsection, the term “State” includes, in addition to the several States, only the District of Columbia.

(2) For purposes of this subsection, the term “qualifying stage”, with respect to a communicable disease, means that such disease—

(A) is in a communicable stage; or

(B) is in a precommunicable stage, if the disease would be likely to cause a public health emergency if transmitted to other individuals.

The quarantined nurse has NOT been found to be infected.

I just read that the tent she is being detained in is NOT heated. Low of 45 degrees forecast for tonight.

icuRNmaggie, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU, SICU, CICU. Has 24 years experience. 1,970 Posts

Governor Cuomo( N.Y.- R) has loosened the quarantine to 21 days at home with twice daily visits from health department officials.

The nurse Kaci is still in a tent outside of an unnamed New Jersey hospital.

If the CDC could provide a paid 21 day period of downtime for Ebola HCW to rest and recuperate from what had to be a harrowing experience, and make it posh and a reward for their service, not an incarceration, while providing close monitoring for signs of illness, wouldn't that be beneficial in terms of understanding the progression of the illness and refining treatment protocols?

chadrn65

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I read that the tent is actually inside a building.

Did anyone see 60 Minutes tonight? Nurses from Dallas speaking about their 1st Ebola patient at Presby.

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chadrn65

chadrn65

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"Health care worker Kaci Hickox shared photos of her Ebola isolation tent inside a Newark hospital, where she has been quarantined after returning from West Africa. WFAA"

Inside the Kaci Hickox Ebola quarantine tent

Picture of inside tent in beginning.

OCNRN63, RN

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"Health care worker Kaci Hickox shared photos of her Ebola isolation tent inside a Newark hospital, where she has been quarantined after returning from West Africa. WFAA"

Inside the Kaci Hickox Ebola quarantine tent

Picture of inside tent in beginning.

​Well, it's big of them that they're not making her freeze.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

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Do-over, ASN, RN

Specializes in CICU. 1,085 Posts

I will be willing to volunteer to care for Ebola patients when/if that time comes. I am far more afraid of false imprisonment by Chicken Little, though, for doing so.

How long have international HCW been traveling from Ebola stricken regions back to the west? Maybe since the 1970s?

Further, there are probably 1000 things MUCH MORE likely to kill me in the next week than Ebola.

Do-over, ASN, RN

Specializes in CICU. 1,085 Posts

PS - God bless Kaci Hickox, and all the others willing to go and to serve. That are willing to touch the untouchable.

amoLucia

amoLucia

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Haven't read all the other posts here, but this mandatory quarantining has given me the creeps. When I saw Cuomo & Christie on TV all I could think of was the mandatory internment camps for the Japanese during WWII.

Wonder if Mother Theresa would have been quarantined?

imintrouble, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC Rehab Med/Surg. Has 16 years experience. 2,406 Posts

I don't think any nurse or health care provider would argue with the outrage of those posting here. I know I won't. I haven't seen a single post that I don't agree with in some measure.

The problem is, the majority of the country is not in health care. Most people are just plain old middle class people, with a minimal understanding of how you catch any contagion. They don't know for sure, and they don't believe half of what anybody is saying. The only thing they know for sure, is the people who've contracted Ebola in the US are healthcare providers.

I don't look down my nose at people who're scared or misinformed. None of us are going to change their minds. Is it a good thing to feed into public hysteria, and force quarantine on returning Ebola healthcare providers? I don't know. Maybe not.

Is it a good thing to ignore the public's fear and tell them they're morons? I think not. Definitely not if you're a politician.

I don't think anybody here is wrong. I'm just uncomfortable with the superior attitude of those posting about "morons".

PMFB-RN, RN

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I am guessing that every one of the NURSES ( it hasn't escaped me that ONLY nurses have actually gotten Ebola in the USA, and that ONLY a NURSE has been imprisoned) who are returning from caring for Ebola patients is going to smarten up and fly into Canada and enter the US lysing about where they have been. That would be the normal, expected reaction to the kidnapping of this nurse.