U.S., Spanish Hospitals Face Challenges In Treating Ebola Patients

News outlets continue to discuss the challenges hospitals in the U.S. and Spain are facing in the treatment of patients with Ebola.

New York Times: Spain Exposes Holes in Plans to Treat Ebola
“…Together, the cases [of health care workers infected in Spain and the U.S.] have raised urgent questions about the risks of the disease’s spreading even in developed countries, particularly among health care workers, and the role that the smallest of human errors may play in subverting elaborate safety measures…” (Yardley, 10/14).

Politico: In the world of Ebola, no room for error
“…In ‘Ebola world,’ there’s no margin for error for the doctors, nurses, and others taking care of people with the deadly virus. … That’s the reality the U.S. health care system is confronting as it faces the possibility of new cases here…” (Levine, 10/14).

Wall Street Journal: Workers at Madrid Hospital Say Spain Was Ill-Prepared for Ebola
“As Ebola was spreading in Africa, more than 100 Spanish nurses asked a court here in July to look at the country’s defenses. Patients with the deadly virus were certain to arrive, they wrote, and Spain’s medical system was ill-prepared to contain it…” (Brat et al., 10/15).

Washington Post: Dallas hospital learned its Ebola protocols while struggling to save mortally ill patient
“The [Dallas] hospital that treated Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan had to learn on the fly how to control the deadly virus, adding new layers of protective gear for workers in what became a losing battle to keep the contagion from spreading, a top official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday…” (Nutt, 10/15).

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