The Texas hos­pi­tal that treated the first per­son di­ag­nosed in the U.S. with Ebola stum­bled be­cause of com­mu­ni­ca­tion fail­ures,

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an in­de­pen­dent re­view re­leased last week found. Staff at Texas Health Pres­by­te­rian Hos­pi­tal Dal­las mis­di­ag­nosed Liberian emi­gre Thomas Eric Dun­can with si­nusi­tis and sent him home, although his fever reached 103 de­grees dur­ing his ini­tial visit, and de­spite the fact that staff learned he had re­cently ar­rived from Africa. The re­port, the first out­side re­view of the hos­pi­tal’s re­sponse, found that a nurse failed to ver­bally com­mu­ni­cate Dun­can’s travel history to the at­tend­ing physi­cian. It also faulted the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion for fail­ing to ed­u­cate the hos­pi­tal on the use of per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment, waste man­age­ment and “other chal­lenges that would emerge as crit­i­cal.”

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