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Ebola? Nurses Say There Is No Hospital Policy. “Wing It!”

Written by Gary North on October 7, 2014

This press release appeared on October 3.

Remember: We are being assured by the CDC that everything is under control, that there is no problem, that our government is on top of this, that hospitals are ready. Asterisk: Just so long as no more than 23 people at one time are affected.

80% say their hospital has not provided policy for admission of potential infected patients

Following reports that a Dallas hospital failed to hospitalize a patient infected with the Ebola virus and failed to properly communicate essential information to caregivers about his health status, National Nurses United is stepping up the call on U.S. hospitals to immediately upgrade emergency preparations for Ebola in the U.S.

Several weeks ago, National Nurses United began surveying registered nurses across the U.S. about emergency preparedness.  Most of the nurses are telling NNU that their hospital is not prepared for the Ebola virus.

In updated preliminary results from nearly 700 RNs at over 250 hospitals in 31 states released Friday:

  • 80 percent say their hospital has not communicated to them any policy regarding potential admission of patients infected by Ebola
  • 87 percent say their hospital has not provided education on Ebola with the ability for the nurses to interact and ask questions
  • One-third say their hospital has insufficient supplies of eye protection (face shields or side shields with goggles) and fluid resistant/impermeable gowns
  • Nearly 40 percent say their hospital does not have plans to equip isolation rooms with plastic covered mattresses and pillows and discard all linens after use, less than 10 percent said they were aware their hospital does have such a plan in place
  • More than 60 percent say their hospital fails to reduce the number of patients they must care for to accommodate caring for an “isolation” patient

NNU is calling for all U.S. hospitals to immediately implement a full emergency preparedness plan for Ebola, or other disease outbreaks. That includes:

  • Full training of hospital personnel along with proper protocols and training materials for responding to outbreaks,
  • Adequate supplies of Hazmat suits and other personal protective equipment
  • Properly equipped isolation rooms to assure patient, visitor and staff safety,
  • Sufficient staffing to supplement nurses and other health workers who need to care for patients in isolation.

At a rally of 1,000 nurses last week in Las Vegas, “we warned that it was just a matter of time in an interconnected world that we would see Ebola in the U.S. Now, everyone should recognize that Texas is not an island either, and as we’ve heard from nurses across the U.S., hospitals here are not ready to confront this deadly disease,” said NNU executive director RoseAnn DeMoro.

Don’t worry, Be happy. The U.S. government is ready for action.

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19 thoughts on “Ebola? Nurses Say There Is No Hospital Policy. “Wing It!”

  1. Alfred Brown says:

    Dr. North:
    This article and the one from yesterday on the "23 beds" got me to thinking:
    the patient in Dallas is not in one of the 23 beds you listed.
    What is the protocol the hospital is following for a "makeshift" or "temporary" isolation unit, when an official unit is not available?
    Is the Makeshift unit as secure as one of the official units?
    Are the staff as well trained in protecting self and community?
    Let us know if you find out.

  2. This government is the most incompetant, misguided, reckless, confused, and ill equipped to handle most anything concerning their Constitutional duties of office as I have ever seen in my adult lifetime. (Jimmy Carter's administration come in a close 2nd)

  3. Amen!

  4. To see how good our governments are preparde, just google "Madrid Ebola". We've got the first case since yesterday: one of the nurses who was involved in the treatment of an infected Spanish citizen, repatriated from Liberia. Our government said a month ago: Don't worry, we have all the security protocols working." Lesson: a security protocol is only as good as the people who manage it.

  5. The government has lied to us and conned us continuously. Not only on ebola, but on the VA, the IRS, Benghazi, just about everything. Right now there is not a politician that I would trust on anything. It is up to us to clean house and change this. Term limits are needed across the spectrum. There's an election coming. Use it! See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  6. A responsible hospital administrator would have put in place common sense procedures and precautions for dealing with Ebola patients and would not wait for the idiot federal government to tell them what to do. You ask each and every patient who walks in no matter what their symptoms if they've traveled to west Africa recently. If they have you isolate them immediately until it can be determined whether they're infected with the virus. Some might say that's overkill but I say better safe than sorry.

  7. WhiteFalcon says:

    This is yet another example illustrating the fact that everything this Government tells us is a lie. They lie about EVERYTHING. These liberals, democrat and Republican alike, should be thrown out of the country and never allowed to come back.

  8. robert h siddell jr says:

    Do not take ebola patients to a general hospital but set up special isolated facilities just for such a disease (duh).

  9. Mistakes happen even in the best of situations.
    We are human…we make mistakes too easily…just like breathing!
    I am a retired RN….worked over 35+ yrs in ER/ICU….you work 12 (or more!) hours….you are tired….you have been too busy to eat and are really hungry….you are very busy and have a heavy patient workload and lots to do and remember….it may be near the end of your 12+ hr shift and all you can think of is get every little end tied up (charting/documentation of everything required, etc)……..and you want to go home to eat something, get a shower and fall into bed completely exhausted. All in preparation for the next day's work.
    And guess what? You forgot to wash your hands several times during your shift…you touched your face how many times??? And you wore the same clothes home from work as you went to work in.
    See how easy it is???

  10. If you have an employee who has lied repeatedly to you about why he/she is late every day for work (always a NEW excuse!), why those forms have not been completed, why they are late coming back from lunch or why early leaving, why their expense accounts are so dramatically higher than anyone else….and then when they do a 10th of the work of everyone else and put YOUR business at risk…………..do you not fire them?????
    Of course you do.
    This is a snapshot of what this current administration is doing.

  11. Doesn't this make you feel secure…..that a hospital would even have to accept you, if they didn't have an area in which to quarantine you….?????

  12. My favorite story is the one where our government says that it would not be necessary to ban certain flights because it would be to hard to do or would be discriminatory or some lame excuse like that. We can search little old women and children at the airports but that is acceptable, as long as they are not obviously Muslim and are wearing head cover because that would be profiling.

  13. On the ability to handle Ebola I hope the hospitals do better than they do with just everyday running of a hospital. It is the sorriest situation I have ever seen. They don't want to admit you unless you obviously can live without that arm or leg and then they say they are admitting you for observation. then while your arm or leg rots off they want to see about putting you in rehab to exercise the limb that you will no longer have due to observation.

  14. They blame being late on the employee they replaced!

  15. it's going to become airborne. if it does, we are all toast. the government will just start putting th sick in camps to die and then burn the bidies. sorry folks, Obama just let it into our country. he wants us to all diethen he will have his muslim brotherhood and his illegals for his slaves.

  16. No problem! When the Ebola panic hits this country, the ruling class will have ZMapp packaged, marketed and will make a ton of money in pharceutical stocks. Everything’s ok!

  17. Ebola, Marburg and Lassa Hemorrhagic Fevers require a level of isolation that no other disease requires.
    Rooms have to have to be negative pressure environments, meaning that air inside the isolation unit cannot escape from the room to other parts of the facility. That air is then filtered and sanitized before being vented to the outside. These units also require a negative pressure laboratory alongside the isolation unit, and a separate water and sewage treatment facility to safely treat any infectious waste.
    There are only 19 BSL-4 beds like that in the entire US.
    Any hospital taking in an Ebola patient and putting them in standard isolation units not equipped to BSL-4 standards, is putting staff members, patients and visitors at risk.

  18. A scapegoat has already been selected – the NRA.

    "In an absurd tweet, the group wrote now that Ebola is in America, the U.S. Surgeon General should be publicly educating people, but due to the NRA’s continuous push to stall the nomination of Vivek Murthy, the anti-gun doctor President Obama desperately wants in the position, the nation is suffering from Ebola."

    Thank God it's 2014. The Internet does not allow for such chicanery.

  19. Raymond Borland says:

    I know one way to get the CDC and Obama to handle the Ebola epidemic and entry of Ebola patients into the USA seriously. Transport ALL travelers from Ebola infected African countries and use the White House and CDC Headquarters to quarantine them for several weeks.