Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Critical Thinking on Dallas, Texas Ebola Situation

Facts:

Questions
:

  • Why is the public health policy isolating one group of individuals that came in contact with the infected Ebola patient but not others?

    It would stand to reason that family members had longer, sustained contact with the patient than the EMS transport drivers.
  • Is their a robust protocol in place to determine individuals presenting with symptoms have been traveling in areas infected with Ebola?  

    Besides wanting to help individuals that show up sick, hospitals generally want to get paid for their services.  That's why they ask not only what symptoms an individual has and how they will be paying for the services.  If the individual was not a U.S. citizen, he would have had to present an non-US form of insurance or payment form.  It stands to reason that this should have triggered (and should trigger) a protocol to determine if the individual is traveling in infected areas; especially after the President has gone out of his way to tell the world and the nation that this is a major problem.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason for the isolation is because he was showing symptoms during the EMS transport and was not showing symptoms at his home. Ebola is only contracted when the patient is showing symptoms. If a family member began to show symptoms they would then be isolated as well. Carl-Ohio

November 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Porkopolis said...

Carl:

You're more than welcome to comment on this site, but I must insist that the commentary be fact based.

The patient had a 103 fever on his FIRST visit to the hospital before he was sent back home and then later retrieved. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/10/thomas-eric-duncan-temperature-hospital-visit-dallas-ebola_n_5966140.html

November 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM  

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