Yes, those few of you who “follow” this random blog may have been looking for a post from me as the news broke regarding Thomas Duncan, the unfortunate Liberian who entered our country by way of Texas, with Ebola. He of course has since perished, leaving behind 2 infected nurses who have been the subject of much speculation, sympathy and also some nastiness.
I have had a lot to say but not a lot of time to say it.
What I am excited about is that we are nearing the end of the 21 day period for those exposed to Mr. Duncan (God Rest His Soul).
Soon we will also near the end of the time for Ms. Pham and then in early November we will end the exposure time frame for Ms. Vinson.
This lady on a cruise ship…hopefully does not have the virus. I’m fairly sure she does not but who knows.
Because of this, I have been extra busy. We are in full Ebola freak out mode. Our hospital does have the necessary protective gear and we have about 20 nurses and doctors trained. While Dallas exposed numerous workers our plans intend to limit contact quite a bit more. none of the preparations make anyone feel any more comfortable with this. It was at first not that big a deal, but then the two nurses contracted Ebola. This is likely to a problem taking off the protective gear, and not the big accusation that some of their neck was exposed. True. Neck should not be exposed, however, thats a very unlikely place to get contaminated. My bet is on removal, which is trickier than it should be, but it can be done safely.
Secondly of course we have multiple health care workers in various positions imagining wild scenarios. Not just at my hospital, but all over the country…lots of statements from surgeons about “Surgery on Ebola Patients” Never mind that we have not heard about people suffering from Ebola needing surgery…they are just running with it.
So thats fun.
On top of that- I STILL have a November 1 deadline for audit with CMS. And of course, after I decide that the only way to get that completed is to come in on a saturday, the electronic warehouse I submit to announces that it will be down all weekend.
I have 15 days more of employment with this organization. I start immediately at the other, where it will continue to be Ebola Madness.
Very much hoping that another case either does not pop up OR that if it does it is handled better than in Dallas…from the get go, and that it isn’t in my area.
Luckily I have a half Marathon race next weekend, so I have been on a taper period for a while, giving me oodles of time to address all of the stuff.
I tell you. It is one thing for me to go over to Africa and deal with this. It’s a whole other thing to ask any staff member to do it. It has got me nervous.