Dallas — So, not only does Dallas have the dubious distinction of being the first U.S. city to diagnose an Ebola patient; Big D can now add first patient ever to contract Ebola in the U.S. to the list.
The nurse who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan was supposed to be protected under all that haz mat gear, but apparently something went wrong — really wrong.
Now, she’s the one in desperate need of care.
The CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden says he’s looking into Texas Health Presbyterian’s protocols.
“The two areas where we will be looking particularly closely is the performance of kidney dialysis and respiratory intevation. Both of those procedures may spread contaminated materials and are considered high-risk procedures. They were undertaken on the index patient as a desperate measure to try to safe his life.”
But questions, lots of questions, remain: why was a nurse who had ‘extensive’ contact with Duncan only considered ‘low risk;’ does this mean other caregivers are just as susceptible to getting this deadly virus? When did that nurse work her last shift at Presby ?
Does the case change the CDC’s game plan? Should patient number two be moved to a hospital better prepared to deal with an Ebola outbreak? Similar to the one that helped cure Fort Worth doc Kent Brantly?
Perhaps answers will come in time, but time may not be patient.