Dal­las hos­pi­tal shouldn’t be scape­goat in Ebola re­sponse

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing “Texas Health Re­sources CEO ad­mits staff not fully trained be­fore Ebola out­break” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, Oct. 19), Texas Health Pres­by­te­rian Hos­pi­tal Dal­las is be­ing made a scape­goat for its re­sponse to the ar­rival of Ebola virus at the hos­pi­tal. The truth is that Dun­can could have got­ten off a plane in any ma­jor city in the U.S. The story would have been sim­i­lar. How many front-line health­care work­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors were ex­pect­ing a dis­ease that is ram­pant thou­sands of miles away, over the At­lantic and another con­ti­nent to show up at their emer­gency room?

THR has taken enough lumps. It’s time for the med­i­cal com­mu­nity to stand by this fa­cil­ity. It could have hap­pened any­where, but Dun­can got off the plane in Dal­las. Can any hos­pi­tal sys­tem say for cer­tain that they would have re­acted bet­ter?

Alan Mu­ratet San Luis Obispo, Calif.

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