A second health worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tx., has come down with the deadly Ebola virus after caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan.
According to CNN, National Nurses United, a nurse's union, issued a statement today about Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital: "There was no mandate for nurses to attend training or what nurses had to do in the event of arrival of a patient with Ebola-like symptoms. There was no hands-on training on the use of personal protective equipment for Ebola, no training on the symptoms to look for, no training on what questions to ask.”
In response, Dr. Daniel Varga, Texas Health Resources' chief clinical officer, defended the hospital (video below).
Mediaite.com notes that a reporter asked Dr. Varga if there was a “systematic, institutional problem” at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
“I don’t think we have a systematic institutional problem,” replied Dr. Vargas. “The case of this patient here again shows that the ability to intake those folks, get them into isolation and manage them has been very effective. But we’re looking at every element of our personal protective equipment and infection control inside the hospitals.”
However, The Dallas Morning News reports that medical records show that hospital workers assigned to treat Duncan didn’t wear protective hazmat suits on Sept. 28 and 29. The employees didn't wear protective gear until tests confirmed Duncan had Ebola on Sept. 30.
Over 70 hospital employees were exposed to Duncan before he died on Oct. 8, but hospital officials won't say how many workers treated Duncan without wearing protective hazmat suits.