Hospitals are Unprepared for Ebola

The day after our local medical facility experts in the community near where I live proclaimed the facility was capable of “isolating and caring” for an Ebola stricken-individual because of training, FoxNews has reported that caregivers have not received training through a national training program with experts who have worked in hospitals with Ebola.

Buried in their story was a statement from Dr. Gavin McGregor-Skinner at Penn State University, expert in public health awareness. McGregor-Skinner said, “We haven’t provided [caregivers] with a national training program. We haven’t provided them with the necessary experts that have actually worked in hospitals with Ebola.”

According to Texas and CDC officials, the nurse who contracted Ebola from caring for Patient Zero Duncan was “wearing the recommended personal protective gear for handling an Ebola patient, including gown, gloves, mask, and eye shield. But, as one expert indicated to Reuters, the current level of personal protective gear may offer only “a minimum amount of protection, especially when the disease enters its final stages.”

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Sean Kaufman, president of an Atlanta-based firm that helps train hospital staff, said that caregivers may need to add more layers of protection in the patient’s final days, such as double gloves, a respirator, or even a full body-suit.

“Doctors and nurses get lost in patient care. They do things that put themselves at risk because their lens is patient-driven,” Kaufman told Reuters. “I suspect no one was watching to make sure the people who were taking care of patients were taking care of themselves.”

The CDC has indicated a possible “protocol breach” is to blame for the nurse contracting Ebola, which has Bonnie Castillo of National Nurses United up in arms.

Castillo told Reuters, “You don’t scapegoat and blame when you have a disease outbreak. We have a system failure. That is what we have to correct.”

Castillo is right – there is a system failure. The failure of our government to suspend air travel to and from areas hit by Ebola and limit individuals from the area from entering our country has potentially exposed everyone to this dreaded disease. In the case of a health care worker who contracted Ebola, it has demonstrated just how “unprepared” many hospitals are to handle this virus due to inadequate training on Ebola and how less than accurate the information being doled out by the CDC is.

Yet, the medical center in my own community has expressed their “capability” to handle Ebola patients with the utmost confidence, based on their “current infection control training and protocol” along with the CDC recommendations.

What has your local community medical center declared as their capability with Ebola?

As increasingly more information is coming to light regarding Ebola and the health care system readiness in treatment and containment, it has shown how much Americans may be on their own, as it appears information is being withheld or skewed and over-confidence being used instead of facts to stem hysteria and panic. But Americans deserve the truth and information based in reality. Our lives depend on it.

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