- Posted October 15, 2014 by
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On the front lines of Ebola
Healthcare workers feel unprepared to care for Ebola patients
DrRhea said her hospital is doing everything it can to prepare for the possibility of Ebola, like running drills, holding meetings with local health officials and teaching staff how to wear protective gear. But, she worries it may not be enough.
“None of us have ever worked with Level 4 agents like Ebola. We have never had to wear this gear. No one on site 100% knows the right way to manage the risk, no matter how hard they prepare.”
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
These patients deserve to be cared for properly with state of the art resources, by people who know this terrible disease. If we do bring people to the US, they should be managed in regional centers with dedicated, EXPERIENCED teams. The CDC has created a potential disaster with their hubris. It is not fair to these patients, nor to health care workers, nor to the general public to treat them at just any hospital.
We are all nervous even though we know the risk of receiving such a patient is small. However, as the case in Dallas illustrates, once you have that case, you have reason to become frightened. There is much more involved in treating these patients and preventing transmission than the average doctor and nurse understand.