Updates at the end of the article.
There were no protocols at the Texas Presbyterian Hospital where the first Ebola patient was treated and died, a fact that Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, had to have known while he was telling the public that the protocols were shared with the hospital and the situation was under control.
Last evening, Bill O’Reilly called CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden a liar who needs to be fired for not leveling with the American people. O’Reilly said his role is to look after the folks. This evening Dr. Frieden was on The Kelly File claiming “Our information is clear and correct.”
Not according to the Co-President of National Nurses United who said in a statement that “There were no protocols. The guidelines were constantly changing about how to deal with the deadly virus.”
“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 said. “We’re deeply alarmed.”
Allegations of what transpired during the treatment include:
- Thomas Duncan was not immediately isolated.
- Hazardous waste piled up.
- There was no hands on training on how to use the protective gear.
- The nurses “feel unsupported, unprepared, lied to and deserted.”
- Protective gear nurses wore at first left their necks exposed, union co-president Deborah Burger said, saying that information came from nurses at the hospital whose identity she will protect to avoid possible retaliation.
If this is accurate, it might also point to lapses with regard to other infections which run rampant in hospital settings.
Obviously, the hospital will take a hit on this but where was the CDC that claimed they were on top of the situation and were in contact with the hospital?
On October 4th, on the Ed Show, Deborah Burger said hospitals weren’t ready. Hospitals had options of dress, staffing, and waste removal. CDC left it to local standards. They’re are no national standards.
This administration doesn’t know what they are doing and they have no strategy in place. They’re making it up as they go along.
Frieden put the blame on the hospital but if they didn’t have protocols or the protocols were moving targets, whose fault is that?
CDC said that Hazmat suits weren’t necessary but his officials go into any situation where Ebola is suspected in full Hazmat.
Frieden has also repeatedly said that hospitals in this country are prepared. He keeps saying we can’t get people in and out if we limit travel. That’s absurd. We can get 4,000 soldiers in, we can get anyone in.
The nurse’s union is calling for funding, national protocols and proper clothing and equipment.
As of Tuesday morning, 2,300 RNs at more 780 facilities in 46 states and the District of Columbia have responded to the NNU national survey.
Current findings show:
- 85 percent say their hospital has not provided education on Ebola with the ability for the nurses to interact and ask questions – a percentage that remains largely unchanged.
- 40 percent say their hospital has insufficient current supplies of eye protection (face shields or side shields with goggles) for daily use on their unit; 38 percent say there are insufficient supplies of fluid resistant/impermeable gowns in their hospital – both numbers are increasing as more survey results come in.
- 41 percent say their hospital does not have plans to equip isolation rooms with plastic covered mattresses and pillows and discard all linens after use; only 8 percent said they were aware their hospital does have such a plan in place.
The nurses were upset that Nurse Pham was being blamed for not following protocols that “didn’t exist.”
The leadership CDC claims they presented doesn’t seem to be reaching the hospitals and in all likelihood, no one or almost no one is prepared for an Ebola outbreak.
We’re being lied to.
Updates: 10/17/14 via the hill:
The Ebola hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian, has hit back at their critics.
They said the news reports are “completely inaccurate” and “sensationalized.”
The National Nurses United union who claim the hospital didn’t do all it should have done don’t know the staff and the circumstances personally, the hospital said.
The said in the statement that “Third parties who don’t know our hospital, our employees and who were not present when the events occurred are seeking to exploit a national crisis by inserting themselves into an already challenging situation.”
“We do not believe it is necessary or helpful for outside parties to intervene in this relationship.”
The hospital said more than 100 workers who treated Ebola patients have insisted they complied with federal guidelines, raising questions about how two workers contracted the disease.
The hospital lashed out at the CDC.
The hospital said the staff complained that the guidelines were very hard to follow (which is what the nurses’ union said).
The CDC guidelines changed frequently, and those changes were frustrating to [the hospital workers] and to management,” the statement read. (That is also what the nurses’ union said.)
Dr. Tom Frieden, the CDC director, said “our information is clear and correct.” To him maybe, few else.