Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Texas Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Was Wearing a Protective Suit. She’s Not the First Western Health Professional to Have a Suit Fail Her ~ By Zach Noble

Two days after a man in Texas was diagnosed with Ebola,
Dr. Gil Mobley, a Missouri doctor, checked in and boarded a plane
dressed in full protection gear Thursday morning, Oct. 2, 2014,
at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He was
protesting what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Spink)
In the case of the Texas nurse, it remains to be seen how she contracted the virus — but Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Sunday that the CDC would investigate safety protocol breaches at Texas Presbyterian hospital, specifically examining how health workers removed their protective gear after treating the first U.S. Ebola patient.

In other words, the Texas nurse may have made the same mistakes the Spanish health worker made.

The failure of protective gear highlights the intense need for proper medical training, Larry Greenemeier noted in Scientific American prior to Sunday’s news, and the failure also serves to shine a spotlight on how easily the disease can be spread.

Greenemeier noted that Ebola can be spread through contaminated bodily fluids, including mucus and vomit, meaning that, for instance, if an infected person sneezed on a tabletop and someone else later touched the tabletop, they could potentially catch the virus.
In a story I wrote about over the weekend, the nephew of the deceased Patient #1 is blaming racism on his uncle's death.  We need to be clear here, perfectly clear:  Thomas Eric Duncan was able to pay for an airline ticket to come to the U.S., and lied about his contact with other Ebola victims in Liberia.  Not only does the passing of Mr. Duncan have nothing to do with racism, but because of his actions, there will be more illnesses, as this story tells us about.

But, wait, this story is saying that it was a problem with the equipment or possible errors made by the nurse who has now been infected that had been treating Mr. Duncan at Texas Presbyterian hospital.  Or that maybe it "highlights the intense need for proper medical training."  But, is there yet to be any blame leveled on Patient #1, Thomas Eric Duncan, for coming to the United States from Liberia, knowing that he was most likely infected?  Of course not!  Somebody might say that was racist!  Just sayin'...


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The Texas Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Was Wearing a Protective Suit. She’s Not the First Western Health Professional to Have a Suit Fail Her
Ebola is spreading, and modern protective suits are failing to stop it.
By Zach Noble

October 12, 2014 10:22am


As news erupted Sunday morning that a female nurse in Texas had been infected with Ebola, perhaps the most frightening part of the story was the revelation that she came in contact with the first U.S. Ebola patient during his second hospital visit — meaning she didn’t catch the virus unawares, before health workers knew the man had Ebola.

Rather, she was fully dressed in a protective suit — gown, gloves, mask and shield — when she interacted with the man who since died of his Ebola infection.

But the case in Texas is not the first time that protective suits have failed in the developed world.

Spanish health worker Maria Teresa Romero Ramos, the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa, was also wearing full protective gear when the virus was transmitted to her in a Madrid hospital.

The important question: Why do these protective suits keep failing?

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