Thursday, March 5, 2015

How the Dallas Nurse Got Ebola

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A lawsuit commenced on Monday in Dallas against Texas Health Resources, according to Lauren F. Friedman at Business Insider and Yahoo Finance.

In case you missed the whole ebola news. The Dallas nurse that took care of one of the first Ebola patients in the US.

In the court case Nina is suing for Corporate Neglect.

1. According to the Article Nina Pham the nurse never had infectious diseases training according to the article Nina was ambushed about taking the assignment.

2. According to the Article Nina was not even given any training on how what type of protective care to use. The other part that gets me is that Nurse Pham even went home with the soiled scrubs.

3.The article alleges that Nurse Pham didn't even have protection on her neck and hair.

4. The article alleges that there was a buildup of soiled clothes in the changing room. You can look at the control technique according to the World Health Organization. I took a snap shot of the booklet.

I'm sure there are more points that I could perhaps go over but, I think the significant thing is that the World Health Organization put the 200 page pamphlet together for healthcare workers in emerging countries. Some of the things that the PPE rules do dictate is that the soiled garments should be taken off in the changing room. With the advent of the portable internet device that contain libraries worth of information the best thing to be done are a few over garments, exposed neck and hair all within a multi million dollar first world hospital?
According to her lawyer, she's still dealing with some after-effects of the virus and the four experimental treatments she received. Her symptoms, Walker says, include lethargy, weakness, liver problems, and hair loss. She's on "the equivalent of sick leave" from the hospital, and while she hopes to use her expertise to help other nurses, she will not likely return to clinical nursing.  (Business Insider)