Ebola crisis: nurses at Dallas hospital say no Ebola protocol in place

Nurses at the hospital in Dallas, Texas, where Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan was treated and died from Ebola, said in a statement the hospital did not have an Ebola protocol in place.

    2014/10/15

NSFW    Nurses at the hospital in Dallas, Texas where Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan was treated and died from Ebola said in a statement released on Tuesday that the hospital did not have an Ebola protocol in place.

"The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place, and that those protocols are not in place anywhere in the United States as far as we can tell," National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro was quoted by CNN as saying.

“We're deeply alarmed."

After Duncan arrived at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, he was reportedly kept sitting in an emergency room along with other patients for several hours before being isolated.

Nurses who attended him also at first had little protective gear, which arrived only three days after Duncan’s admission to the hospital, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Duncan’s lab specimens were sent without being properly sealed and were hand-delivered through the usual hospital tube system, which was potentially contaminated.

In addition to the 48 people who have been monitored since Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola, 76 healthcare workers are now also being watched for symptoms.

Meanwhile, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Thomas Frieden, has announced the creation of a rapid response team to be sent to any hospital where an Ebola case occurs.
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