It looks like the Dallas Ebola crisis of 2014 is over–at least for now. There were so many things wrong with how it all went down… On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri take a look back at the good, the bad, and the appalling events related to the Dallas Ebola crisis of 2014.
Topics discussed include Kim Kardashian’s butt-out magazine cover, timeline of events for the Dallas Ebola crisis of 2014, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. Thomas Eric Duncan, Amber Vinson, Nina Pham, infected healthcare workers, mandatory quarantine of potential Ebola victims, the role of racial prejudice and nationalism in the way the Ebola victims were handled, the new Ebola “czar”, Duncan’s family accepting a settlement from the hospital, and more!
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- Discusssion about Kim Kardashian posing with her butt out for the cover of a magazine.
- Kim got her start with a sex tape with Ray J, so this is not surprising.
- When will enough money be enough for Kim?
- Kim also took another pic posing with a glass balanced on her behind.
- Apparently enough will never be enough when you always want more.
- Kim is a master at putting herself out there and selling herself for all it’s worth.
- Discussion about the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S.–Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national.
Duncan showed up sick at the hospital Sept. 25, told staff there that he had traveled from Africa and was mistakenly sent home. He returned Sept. 28 by ambulance and was diagnosed with Ebola. He died Oct. 8. Some of his relatives were quarantined for three weeks.
The hospital took out full-page ads in two Dallas newspapers and apologized for “mistakes” in how it handled Duncan’s case.
Two nurses who treated Duncan, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, were infected themselves. They were treated in special isolation units at hospitals elsewhere in the country and were later declared free of Ebola.
- Discussion about Duncan being sent home when he went to the ER with Ebola symptoms.
- Discussion about the disdain both the media and people in general showed toward Duncan
- Discussion about whether Duncan knew he had Ebola before he came to the U.S. Whether he knew it or not, if you knew you had the disease, you would probably go where the cure was said to be too.
- Only the Americans get “the cure”.
- The delay of three days in care between when Duncan first went to the hospital and when they recognized he had Ebola.
- Discussion about the mandatory quarantine of Duncan’s fiance and her family.
- Duncan’s associates were watched and closely monitored, but the hospital workers were not put in the same level of isolation. They were allowed to travel and o about normal life.
- Discussion about the hospital workers not having the proper PPE availbale to them as they cared for Duncan.
- One of the main issues with the transmission in hospitals is the potential contamination after removing soiled PPE.
- Discussion about the timeline of events with the Dallas Ebola cases:
October 23, 2014 – The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported a case of Ebola in a medical aid worker who had returned to New York City from Guinea, where the medical aid worker had served with Doctors Without Borders. The diagnosis was confirmed by CDC on October 24. The patient has recovered and was discharged from Bellevue Hospital Center on November 11.
October 15, 2014 – A second healthcare worker who provided care for the index patient at Texas Presbyterian Hospital tested positive for Ebola. This second healthcare worker was transferred to Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
The healthcare worker had traveled by air from Dallas to Cleveland on October 10 and from Cleveland to Dallas on October 13. CDC worked to ensure that all passengers and crew on the two flights were contacted by public health professionals to answer their questions and arrange follow up as necessary. The patient has since recovered and was discharged on October 28. By November 3, all passengers on both flights completed the 21-day monitoring period.
October 10, 2014 – A healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient tested positive for Ebola. The healthcare worker was isolated after the initial report of a fever and subsequently moved to the National Institutes for Health (NIH) Clinical Center. The patient has since recovered and was discharged on October 24.
September 30, 2014 – CDC confirmed the first laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a man who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The man did not have symptoms when leaving Liberia, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the United States.
The man sought medical care at Texas Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas after developing symptoms consistent with Ebola. Based on his travel history and symptoms, CDC recommended testing for Ebola. The medical facility isolated the patient (i.e., index patient) and sent specimens for testing at CDC and at a Texas laboratory.
Local public health officials identified all close contacts of the index patient for daily monitoring for 21 days after exposure.
The patient passed away on October 8.
By November 7, all contacts of the patient completed the 21-day monitoring period.
CDC recognizes that any case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States raises concerns, and any death is too many. Medical and public health professionals across the country have been preparing to respond to the possibility of additional cases. CDC and public health officials in Texas, Ohio, and New York are taking precautions to identify people who had close personal contact with the patients, and healthcare professionals have been reminded to use meticulous infection control at all times.
- Although they all had Ebola, they way the victims were treated and talked about was very different.
- Discussion about the whistleblower nurse who said they didn’t have proper PPE available
- Discussion about the first nurse, Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola. She was invited to the White House and met President Obama.
- Both Pham and her dog became famous during her ordeal.
- Discussion about the second nurse, Amber Vinson who contracted Ebola. The media and others demonized her because she flew on a commercial airline (after asking permission) just prior to being diagnosed with Ebola. Vinson got to meet with former President George W. Bush.
- Meanwhile Duncan’s fiance was moved from the small apartment to a house in Oak Cliff to spend the remainder of their quarantine. Once they were released, they couldn’t find a place to rent–nobody wanted them to stay there… Even though they NEVER had Ebola.
- On the other hand, neither of the nurses who also had Ebola had difficulty finding new housing.
- Do you think there will be other cases of Ebola in the U.S.?
- Discussion about how suspected cases of Ebola are handled.
- Discussion about outbreak scenarios.
- Discussion about the national “Ebola Czar”. He’s like an Ebola project manager.
- Speculation about whether the two nurses will return to patient care.
- The Duncan family received a settlement from the hospital:
The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola in Dallas last month, said Tuesday that it has settled with the hospital that initially sent him home when he arrived sick.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Les Weisbrod, a lawyer for the family, said that it would be enough to “take care” of Duncan’s parents and his four children, who range in age from 12 to 22. He also said the hospital was not charging the family for the care.
The company that owns Texas Health Presbyterian, the hospital where Duncan died, will also create a charitable trust for Ebola victims in Africa, he said.
“I believe this facility is an outstanding facility,” said Josephus Weeks, a nephew of Duncan. “And we as humans — we’re not perfect, we make errors, but it’s how you recover from errors that make you who you are.”
Weisbrod said that the family wants a book or movie produced to depict Duncan’s ordeal, “but the family would also like to see that something like this doesn’t happen to anybody else.”
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