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Nurses Say U.S. Hospitals Aren't Adequately Prepared To Handle Ebola Patients

Health & Wellness  (tags: Ebola, U.S., healthcare workers, nurses, training, protection, prevention, risks, safety, humans, illness, warning, medicine )

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To truly remove the risk of contracting Ebola among health workers requires meticulous work and years of repetitive drills and practice, according to nurses on the ground who also say that they are not receiving the proper training to protect themselves..


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Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday October 14, 2014, 4:54 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. I hope the nurses are listened to; they are on the front lines of this. Hospitals throughout the U.S. should be standardized. Their profits are high enough for investment in this.

Kathleen M (208)
Tuesday October 14, 2014, 5:22 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. Standard precaution protocols are completely inadequate for a virulent virus like Ebola. A single drop of the blood of an EBD patient has 10,000 units of virus, as opposed to AIDS at 1 unit. This is one powerful little buggie! Hope the nurses win!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday October 14, 2014, 8:23 pm
Thank you Carrie

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 12:41 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 1:35 am
The U.S. has severely underestimated this.

Brenda P (125)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 2:14 am
Noted and shared

Lona G (66)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 7:56 am
When it was just a few hundred people in dark Africa, we weren't bothered much, were we? Now Ebola passes the borders of America and Europe we get in a panic. Apparently we haven't learned anything from HIV spreading and that was a nose cold compared to this Ebola virus.

Why aren't all medical facilities and staff on full alert and fully prepared for Ebola by now? Every infected nurse or doctor is a new source of contagion, making it spread faster and making it more difficult to contain. The only way to get a grip on Ebola is by nipping it in the bud as much possible. Any hospital administrator will tell you that investing in prevention is much more cost effective than curing.

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 8:01 am

Gene J (289)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 8:48 am
I've read that if we had committed the resources 10 years ago we'd have a vaccine by now. But we didn't, and all of us in the west are to blame for that. Because this began in a country few of us know much about, no one cared enough to take it seriously. This just screams to me as a reason for a world wide governing body because things like this, that have the potential to affect every part of the world must get attention no individual country will give on its own. So many have died who did not need to and so many more will all because the wealthiest will not spend a dime on anything but their own comfort. That just isn't good enough in the 21st century, it never will be.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 10:26 am
This I believe, I'm afraid cases will keep rising.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 10:28 am
The U.S. has underestimated this is right! Just like we underestimated ISIL ! Now look at the mess we're in , I blame it on this administration .

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 1:10 pm

Renee M (11)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 1:33 pm
Noted, thanks Carrie! I Listen up hospitals everywhere...this is NOT a drill!!!

janet f (29)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 1:34 pm
We can stop the worldwide spread of ebola by restricting travel in to or out of western Africa until the epidemic is brought under control. Only aid workers and supplies should be allowed to fly to the affected areas. There is no way to absolutely guarantee the safety of hospital staff, first responders or even the general public from this infection if we continue to allow potentially infected individuals to come to the US. Our gov'ts primary concern should be the health and safety of our citizens and the only way to guarantee that is through travel restrictions.

Suzanne L (89)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 4:32 pm
I'm not encouraging people to panic, but I think the virulence of ebola has been underestimated. It was thought that the state of the art treatments available in the US. would prevent mortality from ebola. It was thought it wasn't as transmissible as it is. Interestingly, there is a backlash against the idea of travel restrictions into the U.S. but the Ivory Coast, Chad, the U.K. and Dubai, to name just a few countries, are all suspending flights to and from at least one if not all four countries where there are ebola outbreaks.

Kathryn Mitchell (8)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 6:42 pm
I KNOW we're not prepared for Ebola where I work. Our isolation gowns are barely adequate for C-Diff and MRSA! Fortunately it's not an acute care setting so hopefully we'll be considered low risk. I hope...

Arild Warud (174)
Thursday October 16, 2014, 1:44 am
How come that the US Healtcare was so unprepared for dealing with Ebola??

JeanisAWAY G (136)
Thursday October 16, 2014, 4:32 am
Noted. Thank You!

Donna T (0)
Friday October 17, 2014, 7:20 am
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