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Old 03-01-2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/nina-pham/
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:52 PM   #2
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The hospital should do right by Nurse Pham. She was doing her job and suffered an extreme health crisis in doing so. She has earned a settlement far more so than the so-called family of Duncan.

The hospital settled out of court to the so-called family of Duncan, which IMO, they should not have done. Duncan lied from the start and I do not believe that neither nor his so-called family could not have considered that he'd been exposed to EVD.
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A long story which goes into some of the details. It does not paint Texas Health Resources in a very good light. Full story at the link.

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The real story of how a Dallas nurse got Ebola could be worse than we ever imagined

Business Insider By Lauren F Friedman
15 hours ago


On October 16, Texas Health Resources released a grainy video of Nina Pham, a nurse at one of the company's Dallas hospitals who had contracted Ebola while caring for the first person to receive a diagnosis of the virus in the US.

Her patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, had died about a week earlier, two days before Pham woke up with a fever.

In the video, Pham, 26, is sitting up in a hospital bed, quiet at first.

"Thanks for being part of the volunteer team to take care of our first patient," says a male voice, off-camera. " It means a lot. "

She nods.

Now, in a lawsuit filed Monday in Dallas, Pham alleges that the video was an "ambush" and that her Ebola infection was a direct result of the "gross negligence" of her employer, Texas Health Resources.

Pham, the suit alleges, was "a symbol of corporate neglect — a casualty of a hospital system's failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis."

While the hospital has had representatives telling its version of events for months, the lawsuit offers the first look at how the unthinkable happened, from the perspective of the first person to contract Ebola on US soil. Texas Health Resources is expected to contest this account.

'She did not volunteer'
On August 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held their first conference call to help clinicians prepare for the possibility that Ebola would show up in their hospitals. By then, the Ebola outbreak in western Africa was already historic in scale, and two Americans had been sent to the US for treatment.

By September, the lawsuit alleges, "the CDC and the American Hospital Association warned [Texas Health Resources] that Ebola was an imminent threat and that healthcare provider training and policies should be adopted ... as well as safe protocols for personal protective equipment to protect healthcare workers."

When Thomas Eric Duncan first showed up at the Texas Health Dallas Presbyterian Hospital in late September, he was sent home. Days later, when his condition had worsened and Ebola was suspected, he was admitted to the ICU. "Nina was told the patient would be hers," the lawsuit alleges.

From the suit:

Nina was shocked. She had never been trained to handled infectious diseases, never been told anything about Ebola, how to treat Ebola, or how to protect herself as a nurse treating an Ebola patient. The hospital had never given her any ... training or guidance about Ebola. All Nina knew about Ebola is what she had heard on television.

According to the petition filed with the court, when Pham "asked her manager what she should do to protect herself," one of her superiors "went to the internet, searched Google, printed off information regarding what Nina was supposed to do, and handed Nina the printed paper."

Given that sequence of events, the suit alleges, it's clear "she did not volunteer to be his nurse." Still, she treated him when asked.
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that's how it is everywhere.....don't know about something? Take the patient and google. Used to be look in a book every nurse manager had on 'how to' or find the medical library and grab a medical, not nurses, book on diseases.

And generally, when it gets screwed up and you get sick, the best you get is disability.
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In this case, we were all told that all of the medical facilities here were prepared for ebola if it showed up here. I guess prepared means they have an internet connection.
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