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Member # 1659
 - posted October 20, 2014 21:33
Infectious Disease Protocols, forty eight years ago I was taught Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare protection methods. Never thought that Civilians would need to know what we were taught.

Only in Texas would a hospital send home an infectious person/patient.
Member # 780
 - posted October 20, 2014 22:30
Well...they missed the signs. Which, given all the news about EVD, a neon light should have been glowing over Mr. Duncan's head. He /told/ them that he'd been there. They backpedaled from blaming their EMR system, but odds are, the doctors didn't click on that section -- but that's no excuse at all. If other staff members knew of this travel history, someone should have shouted it from the rooftops "Hey, I think we have to check this out." (Travel history doesn't guarantee it's the case, but it puts it in the running, esp. w/fever.) The mgmt is surely to blame for the lack of training on donning/doffing PPE, and it's a shame that their staff had to pay for that lack. Hindsight is 20:20, but I think he really should have been transferred to another facility as they've done for the nurses. I suspect ego was at play - the Texans thought they could handle something that they were ill equipped to tackle.
The Famous Druid
Member # 1769
 - posted October 21, 2014 03:31
Did they just lose interest when the guy told them he was uninsured?

On a related note, an aussie recently returned to oz after visiting an Ebola 'hot zone' in Africa, took ill, and went along to the local hospital.
She told them where she'd been, and within minutes they'd whisked her off to an isolation unit where nervous staff in space suits pandered to her every whim.

A few days later the tests came back negative, she didn't have Ebola, but there's still an official investigation into several breaches of protocol by the hospital staff.

It's all very well having these procedures in a big white binder somewhere, but if hospital staff are run off their feet dealing with patients every day, when do they find the time to read the "this will probably never happen" file?
Member # 1659
 - posted October 21, 2014 11:38
Every sailor had a week to learn how not to be a liability to his ship and fellow crew. Chemical and Gas, somewhat over lapped Biological, in that protective gear was required. The last exercise in gas warfare was to put on the breathing gear and enter a room filled with tear gas, if you made it to the five minute mark it was a pass, then the instructors yanked off our masks and once you started to gasp let you out of the room. Talk about brutal I will never forget that day. My lungs felt like they were on fire my eyes burned, my nose was running, all willingness had left me. At that point I understood the protocol.

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