“THERE WAS NO PROTOCOL”: Dallas Nurses’ Statement Is a Horrifying Timeline of Ebola FAIL

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“We will stop Ebola in its tracks in the U.S.”

In the days following Ebola Patient Zero Thomas Duncan’s positive test results, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reassured America with this line over and over and over on every mainstream media outlet that would let him.

To read this story (and any other stories I write about this topic from here on out) is to be forced to assume that we can trust what we’re being told in our news media and by our government officials — not something I’ve been very good at historically, and something I’m even worse at these days.

But let’s play along.

As I’ve maintained from the beginning, if officials were taking this Ebola outbreak seriously with the level of respect a real Ebola outbreak of this reported magnitude deserves, then from the beginning it has been handled as if we’re all living in the movie Idiocracy where common sense has long ago gone extinct. Or perhaps the people in charge all got together in a big room and watched the film Outbreak, just to find out what not to do and then do it all.

This whole Ebola situation has been playing out on the American stage like a bad horror film written by people with 9th grade educations who took a screenwriting class on the weekends at the local YMCA or something.

After Duncan’s nurse Nina Pham was diagnosed with Ebola, Dr. Frieden told everyone it was a breach in protocol that led to Pham getting infected. This is the same protocol Frieden had been working overtime to reassure America is so rigorous that it would stop the Ebola virus in its tracks. The same protocol which, obviously, failed on Duncan.

Well, according to the nurses working behind the scenes with Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital: “There was no protocol.”

NO protocol. Not just crappy protocol or lacking protocol, but no protocol whatsoever.

Just let that sink in for a minute…

As far as viruses go, Ebola is pretty high on the “murderous” list. We are repeatedly informed on a daily basis in the 24/7 fear cycle that Ebola is highly infectious and deadly, with this particular outbreak killing 70% of people in Africa who catch it. Of course, there is a difference in basics between a developing and developed nation, everything from water sanitation to nutrition between there and here, but again…

This whole situation gets more cartoonish by the day. The IQ level begins to drop from the very first question, “How did Ebola even get here in the first place?”

And these nurses, in a statement released by National Nurses United on Wednesday, painted a worse than stark, worse than stupid picture of the lack of protocol in place to deal with Ebola in a typical American hospital.

Here are a few quotes to give you an idea [emphasis added where bolded]:

(After Mr. Duncan was bought in the second time) “Mr. Duncan was left for several hours not in isolation, in an area with other patients. Subsequently, a nurse supervisor arrived and demanded that he be moved to an isolation unit, yet faced resistance from other hospital authorities.”

That means that every patient who was out in the waiting room and their family members could have potentially been put at risk, people who are going to the hospital so they likely already have compromised immune systems to begin with.

The nurse who tried to isolate Mr. Duncan faced resistance…for isolating someone who likely has Ebola? In a hospital where sick people go because they want to get better?

Lab specimens from Mr. Duncan were sent through the hospital tube system without being specifically sealed and hand-delivered. The result is that the entire tube system, which all the lab specimens are sent, was potentially contaminated.”

Are there even words for this one? Talk about lack of level 4 containment measures… Why, if they even had an inkling that Duncan might have Ebola, would they do this to themselves and everyone else at that hospital?

“There was no advanced preparedness on what to do with the patient. There was no protocol, no system. The nurses were asked to call the Infectious Disease Department. The Infectious Disease Department did not have clear policies to provide either.”

The nurses were asked to call a department that didn’t have any answers? In the face of Ebola? That’s real movie-level asinine bureaucracy for you there.

I just picture that automated recording, “Press one if you might have a highly infectious, deadly Ebola patient and somehow you as a nurse have never been told how to handle this situation or what to do to make sure you and others don’t get killed, press two if…”

“Initial nurses who interacted with Mr. Duncan wore generic gowns used in contact-droplet isolation, front and back, three pairs of gloves with no taping around the wrists, surgical masks with the option of an N-95 and face shield.

The “option” of an N-95 mask and face shield? THE OPTION?!?!?

“Some supervisors said that even the N-95 masks were not necessary.”

They said WHAT?! WHO IN THE HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE? HOW DID THEY GET THE TITLE OF SUPERVISOR AT A HOSPITAL? Ass kissing and brown nosing do not equate life-saving medical knowledge.

“The gowns they were given still exposed their necks, the parts closest to their face and mouth, they also left exposed the majority of their heads and their scrubs from the knees down.”

“After they recommended that the nurses wear isolation suits, the nurses raised questions and concerns about the fact that the skin on their neck was exposed. They were told to use medical tape and had to use four-to-five pieces of medical tape wound around their necks that is not impermeable and has permeable seams. The nurses have expressed a lot of concerns about how difficult it is to remove the tape from their necks, and are uncertain if it is being done safely.” [emphasis added]

Wow. That sounds very sophisticated. Everyone who works at this hospital should feel very safe and secure with the “ghetto medical tape noose” option at their disposal.

“Hospital managers have assured nurses that proper equipment has been ordered, but it has not arrived yet.”

That’s right. The proper equipment to do their jobs at a basic level still has not arrived yet.

Let’s see, the Ebola outbreak began in March, the CDC finally began releasing protocol in July, it’s October…this hospital just had a hand in the death of the first Ebola patient on U.S. soil in the history of time…yeah, this sounds totally reasonable.

“Nurses had to interact with Mr. Duncan with whatever protective equipment was available at the time when he had copious amounts of diarrhea and vomiting, which produces a lot of contagious fluids.”

So…the protocol was based on luck?

Did you ever play that game in school where you are given a list of items and told to pretend you are on a deserted island and you have to choose wisely what to take with you to survive? I feel like this hospital basically threw these nurses at Duncan and made them play Ebola Island with whatever they randomly had on hand, which you just read for yourself, isn’t close to the requisite protective gear required to handle Ebola.

If I lived in the area around this hospital and needed for any reason to go to a hospital, I would get in my car and drive the opposite direction from it, to another city hours away first before ever considering stepping foot one in the building. Or better yet, I might find some random guy on the street willing to put on a lab coat and wear a stethoscope to pretend he was a doctor for me. Sounds safer and more reliable than going here.

Seriously. These nurses should have all gone on strike or quit by now.

“Hospital officials allowed nurses who interacted with Mr. Duncan to then continue normal patient care duties taking care of other patients, even though they had not had the proper personal protected equipment while providing care for Mr. Duncan that was later recommended by the CDC.”

Oh dear Lord…

“Patients who may have been exposed were one day kept in strict isolation units, the next day they were ordered to be transferred out of strict isolation, and into areas where other patients, even those with low-grade fevers who could potentially be contagious.”

One whole day? Even though it can take Ebola up to 21 days to incubate? Why did they even bother with a single day? To pretend they know what isolation is?

“Were the protocols breached? The nurses say there were no protocols. Some hospital personnel were coming in and out of the isolation areas in the emergency department without having worn the proper protective equipment.”

No protocols? Based on this account, there were negative protocols (were it possible). I’m surprised people didn’t go through each patient room wiping Duncan’s tainted linens on the walls.

“There was no mandate for nurses to attend training or what nurses had to do in the event of arrival of a patient with Ebola-like symptoms.”

Obviously.

The message to the nurses was, ‘It’s up to you.’ It is not up to the nurses to be setting the policy, the nurses say, in face of a virulent disease.”

“It’s up to you, nurses! You’re a nurse. You figure it out. Just don’t come crying to us, you know, the people in charge of this so-called ‘hospital’ when you wind up infected with a deadly virus that we, as a ‘hospital’ did nothing at all to protect you or our patients from.”

They asked for supplies and they’re still unavailable after the Ebola crisis has begun.”

The fact that the nurses had to ask for supplies is beyond outrageous. Are the monkeys running the circus here? Have you seen how much a hospital charges its patients for a freaking aspirin these days?

Just… There aren’t words.

Nurses have been left to train each other. Nurses have substantial concern that these conditions may very well lead to further infections of other nurses and patients.”

You can listen to the entire statement in the video below:

Remember, this is the hospital that sent Duncan home in the first place even though he showed up with Ebola symptoms and told the medical personnel he had just come here from Liberia which, anyone in this country who is even half paying attention to the news knows is facing what we’re being told is the deadliest Ebola outbreak in the history of the disease.

Not only that, but they sent him home with antibiotics. Even if he just had the flu, what are antibiotics going to do for a virus? Basic biology knowledge taught in most any elementary school says “nothing”.

And now another nurse from that hospital who cared for Mr. Duncan has Ebola…and got on a plane from Cleveland to Dallas with a low-grade fever prior to her diagnosis.

At this point, I’m left to wonder: can any large building with beds in it slap a sign on the front door that says “hospital” and claim to be one these days?

And this is just one typical hospital in just one city in just one state in this country.

Where, by the way, are Duncan’s family members? These nurses keep getting it and they at least had some protective gear on when they came in contact with him. Duncan’s family members didn’t have any protection when they were enclosed in a tiny apartment with him after he was sent home from the hospital with full-blown Ebola symptoms for several days after the first time he tried to go to the hospital for treatment. Where are they? Are they doing okay?

From now on, just know that when the CDC director says “protocol was breached,” it’s another useless line out of his mouth that no one can believe because apparently there wasn’t any protocol at all. In fact, it was the CDC who told the second Ebola-infected nurse that it was okay if she flew.

If you feel like saying the ‘F’ word repeatedly at this point, you are not alone.

This whole situation is one giant clusterf— of ineptitude of the most moronic caliber.

Unless the people at the top know something the rest of us don’t.

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  • radprepper

    What the hell is going on down in Dallas? Wait, obviously NOTHING! Maybe people will begin to realize that being a “Prepper” isn’t so crazy, after all. On that note, it’s time to take inventory.

    • Cani Lupine

      I think I might start getting a bugout bag together.

  • tophand62

    “This whole situation is one giant clusterf—
    Unless the people at the top know something the rest of us don’t.”

    Melissa…I have you pegged as a very smart girl, and I enjoy reading your articles…Your final sentence of this article is the most telling…I have always said with any disaster that reeks of incompetence, it’s best to follow the money…You are a wonderful investigative reporter, I think you can find something out for us…TH62

    • Kelv

      Of course… pharmaceutical companies stand to make big money when these diseases spread. This is one nasty disease that spreads like wildfire. No wonder there was no protocol.

      • tophand62

        Kelv….I’m thinking something even bigger, like someone is going to own a whole planet bigger…

  • Jane Orleans

    Yes Melissa timely article and an accurate representation of the struggles that some nurses face with “administration” on an hourly basis all across the U.S..
    Well in most states in this country any physician can declare themselves a specialist in any focus of medicine (dermatology, oncology, endocrinology, rheumatologist, etc) hang a shingle print a business card proclaiming this self-declaration…all without any required training board certification or verification of specialized knowledge. Those proofs are generally only required if a physician is seeking hospital privileges (and even then there is a grace period that one can remain “board eligible” without actually being forced to pass a certifying examination of specialized knowledge.
    Our medical system has been turned into a 3rd world medical system gradually during the past 25 yrs of my practice.
    First the nursing shortage of the early and mid 1980’s that created such a demand that nurses holding US work visas were swarming into the country (didn’t matter that their experience wasn’t the same and that their training didn’t include much of the skills needed/expected in a nurse role in the US. Then the primary care shortage….all US educated physicians were headed into specialized practice and there would be an incredible gap in the number of primary care physicians needed vs the number the U.S. would have “willing” to work in primary care. This “crisis” triggered the next wave of foreign visa holding healthcare “workers” into this country. Physicians. A lot of foreign physicians “to fill that gap”. No one was told that the foreign medical education in many countries was equivalent to a bachelor’s degree program in this country. Yes a colleague of mine graduated from medical college in India which was a 4 yr program following high school. Then of course many came and went into primary care specialties (internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics), BUT many saw the ease.with which they could self proclaim a specialty and make more money that way so they did.
    And now came the next healthcare panic….the aging population. Who was going to care for the frail aging populace in the nursing homes and assisted living facilities? Well we have now had nurse work visa import 2.0. But this more recent focus has been to import lpn’s and gna/cna’s and other means of generating the volume of “workers” has include caretaker “mills” (kind of like puppy mills only cranking out large classes of poorly trained “workers” that are our future caretakers. We won’t be able to understand our physician (who also may not know what needs to be known to provide safe medical care) and we won’t be able to understand our caretakers in the nursing homes (we can’t hear as clearly as we once could), the cultural norms will be completely unfamiliar with a place that is our HOME (the yelling the socializing instead of working, the interruptions of conversations–that in american culture generally is perceived as rude–).
    So now the corporate/liberal beauracracy has the bean counters and IT “workers” farmed out to other parts of the world who telecommute afar making impersonal logistical recommendations on profit “leverage” and “value” to totem banker/lawyer type “stakeholders” that make decisions that impact patients care and supplies (whether quality or quantity) because the CEO and “leadership team” have the productivity bonuses riding on the quarterly numbers.

    Yes Melissa this is a cluster****, but is only the tip of the iceberg.

  • doodaa

    I am very disappointed that the photos in the article may depict “Presby” as an inferior Hospital. It gives the reader an immediate impression of filth. Shame on you for such a depiction. This is an excellent Hospital. It seems they were caught off-guard, as I think any Hospital In the U.S. would have been with “Patient 0”.

    • SomeGalNTx

      You are right…it is an excellent hospital. I don’t work there either. I did stay there for 4 days and was well cared for.
      Seriously….who would think of Ebola in the middle of Texas? That enterovirus that is affecting some kids, and actually killing some. But Ebola? I doubt it would have crossed the mind of most. I work with many nurses who are from Various countries in Africa, and thus have accents. I guarantee you that before now if he had been asked if he had recently been in Africa, it would have been said that THAT was racist, because it was just asked “because (he) was black and had an accent” so there was no way to win against those race baiters on that one.
      But if the man had just SAID I think I might have Ebola, like he knew he did, he wouldn’t have been sent home the first time, and would have immediately been isolated.

  • Melissa Melton

    By the time he went there the second time, they had a pretty big clue what they were dealing with.

    • SomeGalNTx

      A “clue” is one thing. A confirmation via test is quite another.
      Certainly, he should have been placed in a room, alone, vs in a location with others. No question there. But numerous times patients come in with a cough, night sweats, and a fever, which could be the flu, TB or a cold and menopause combined. Testing tells the tale. With one or two negative airflow rooms per floor, not knowing if it’s needed, isolation orders are given when confirmed needed.
      Do you know how many times I have found out later a patient’s cough was MRSA in the lungs? Crazy! Only AFTER a bronchial washing and culture was it discovered the cause of the cough. Me….I always wear a mask if either of us are coughing.
      Nursing isn’t easy, nor is it always safe. All you can do is minimize the hazards the best you can, using all the available methods, and a bit of self preservation.

  • hvaiallverden

    You naile it, and dont exuse them, thats an abdomination of comon sence, and to blame the Nurses is plain stupidity.
    I feal sorry for them, they are in the front line, aka soldiers, and is been treated as cannonfodder.
    You know now, how a system crashes, politicians rules, and nepotims, a massive cleptocraty, where ignorance and incompetanse is rampant and is soacking thrue the entire system.
    And we have witnessed “new public managements” bollocs answers an mass, and to babble about protocol, just confirms it all, when they dont have anything to handle the “ebola” with, and why am I not supriced at all.
    And it took us some days and every nightmareish issue we could imagine have comed thrue.

    Hospitals is becomed like any other indutrialised compond, where people with economic/law/f….knowwhat educations is running the show, and how bad they truly are, we have witnessed that its wurse than imaginable.
    This CDC boss should be hanged.
    Give me a baseball batt, and 24h and I would have slammed my way downward into that system untill I gott the answers I like to hear, not insane babbeling, from people I know is there.
    But that would be logical, and logic dont work this days, where insanly incompent peoples are on the topp.

    peace

  • tvdog

    Why did she fly back to Dallas? There are top-notch hospitals in Cleveland. Dallas Presbyterian hasn’t got anything that the Cleveland Clinic doesn’t have.

  • SomeGalNTx

    Now…here is the TRUTH of the matter. The CDC advised only contact with his bodily fluids could transmit the disease. Normally, that would be considered “contact” precautions. But the mask and eye shield was used to prevent accidental splashes or contact of to the eyes or nose of coughing or sneezing droplets, even though the CDC didn’t recommend ” droplet” precautions, the next step up.

    As far as getting actual HazMat suits, the government has 150,000 of them, and the CDC cannot get them to/ for the hospital they claim. These are not cheap items, that are just kept around, just in case. The government HAS THEM but WILL NOT SEND THEM! They are sitting in a storehouse somewhere, waiting for the full outbreak, so the DHS will have them when Martial law is declared, I have no doubt.
    But us nurses will have to just make do with the same garb worn in surgery, which is what she was wearing. I do not work there but I know what contact gowns are, and they are hardly different than surgical gowns, with the exception that they are not considered sterile.
    If you want to, need to be mad at anybody, save it for your president and his brown shirts. He could be supplying Dallas with anything and everything it needs including HazMat suits, but he won’t. If ever there was evidence of a larger plan, there ya go.

  • Roger Noorthoek

    Could it be that the WANT this disease to spread so they can play fake savior and impose martial law? Why are they so CONSISTENTLY incompetent?

  • sharonsj

    I saw that interview so pay attention to what else she said: Private hospitals can do or not do whatever they want because we do not have a national health care system!

    We also don’t have a Surgeon General because the Republicans are blocking the nomination. We don’t need an Ebola Czar (demanded by John McCain). We need Republicans to stop blocking every damn thing simply because they hate Obama.

    There is dissent over the CDC response. Congress has been cutting the CDC budget (just like they are cutting the budget for other agencies we need). I don’t know how much it has affected the CDC but it doesn’t help.

    • Stan

      When have you EVER seen ANY Surgeon General do ANYTHING that directly affected health care delivery, quality, or cost?

      It’s a figure head…..

      And your “opinion” about congress is a farce as well….

      From your beloved Liberal Huffington Post:

      “Obama Also Pushed For CDC Cuts In Years Before Ebola Outbreak”

      The Washington Post:

      “The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research”

      RedState:

      “Republicans Appropriated More for the CDC This Year Than Obama Requested”

      Perhaps a bit more research before you stick out your neck like this would be appropriate…..

  • Stan

    Are “we” this inept? This just seems too purposeful…….

  • Wayne Downey

    And for those thinking how do I keep from getting this ebola in me? Proper protective clothing and go one step further than the hospitals. Get a ARMY M17A1 mask with Bio Tox filters. This will keep you from breathing anything harmful be it ariborne or not. It also has a drinking tube so you dont even have to take the mask off. Is a $110.00 investment too much. Not to me! But I already have several.

  • Grace E. Brooks

    Nurses—-where were their brains?????? Do you not think….why would you even care for someone without gear?????????????????? Remember Nursing 101……..protect yourself first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!No one remembers when AIDS came on the scene…read up Nurses..stay afloat with info!

  • MPTheGreek

    The CDC owns the patent on ebola and therefore will be paid royalties from any ebola vaccines. That’s a multi billion dollar incentive to turn this into a pandemic. Plus the fact they are all eugenicst scum. Google it.

  • MarcusAurelius45

    Thank you for the original well written and informative original article with which I completely agree. Our for profit health care system has as it’s goals control of the nursing labor market and the maximization of profits. This same health care system has the support of the political establishment both at the state and national level. This results in the exploitation and denigration of nurses which will lead to both a decline in the quantity and quality of health care provided by nurses and other health care providers.