What Did We Learn from the Ebola Outbreak?
A year after a Texas hospital admitted a man who was diagnosed with the Ebola Virus and infected two nurses, an independent review board has completed a report spotlighting both the shortfalls in response and the lessons learned that could improve preparedness and performance in the event of a future outbreak.
Texas Health Resources released the report, which analyzed the treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas late last September with symptoms that were confirmed as Ebola. The report panel found that the hospital and the Centers for Disease Control, learning on the fly, provided inadequate protective gear to healthcare workers.
Three key areas that affected the handling of the case:
That said, the hospital has learned from these mistakes and offers recommendations to other healthcare facilities that may take on a potential Ebola patient. In particular, it encourages hospitals to consider transferring patients promptly to one of the specialized centers with experience handling Ebola cases, such as the National Institutes of Health in Maryland or the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Texas Health has also implemented: