“The Nurse Killer Disease” is Ebola’s nickname in Liberia. And its coming to a hospital near you. Will your hospital be ready?
According to National Nurses United conference call today, and reports all over the country, and abroad, hospitals are NOT prepared for Ebola – not at all.
Why is there no political support? Talking heads just keep talking.
Why do hospitals have no mandated training, no consistent guidelines or policies, no protocols, no adequate PPE or hands-on training with practice?
Why are potentially adequate hospital isolation rooms not being reserved for Ebola cases – in favor of totally inappropriate rooms?
Why is a nurse being fired, for calling CDC to get advice on how to handle a potential Ebola case, in the name of a HIPPA violation?
How can hospitals get housekeeping to clean Ebola rooms adequately and dispose of used PPE and other waste from those rooms?
How many nurses will die and transfer EVD to others because of hospitals denying adequate training and appropriate PPE?
Per one of the expert speakers – whether or not EVD is classified as being transmitted by aerosol, the EV is now known to demonstrate an affinity to macrophages in the respiratory system where it replicates itself. Tiny particles become airborne as copious sprays of emesis and stool are broadcast. So whether or not the affected person develops respiratory symptoms, inhalation still could have been the mode of transmission.
Donning and removing PPE is, of course, the most vulnerable time. PPE needs to be impermeable. Rooms need to be negative pressure.
Caregivers need to wear respirators – not surgical masks. Preparadigm N-95 respirator is recommended underneath impermeable PPE that covers all. Massive supplies will be sorely needed.
Don’t let your hospital get away with saying that traditional contact isolation gear will protect you. Band together and insist.
If a member of the management team had to enter the room of an Ebola patient, you can bet your bottom-dollar that they would put on the best quality hazmat suit known to man.
Well-known, retired pediatric brain surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, said: “I have no desire to induce panic, but we must realize that some viruses are known to undergo mutations, which make them even more virulent. If the Ebola virus becomes even more pathologic, the ensuing panic and destruction of human life could go far beyond what is currently being acknowledged…”
Fear, fear, fear, fear, fear. It can paralyze us, or it can push us to action.
Where will help come from? It may need to come from you. Here is your time to shine. Be passionate. Be heard. This is life or death – seriously.
More is being learned daily about Ebola. Know and practice at least the currently accepted CDC protocols found at www.cdc.gov .
The National Nurses United website has created a marvelous “toolkit” that is a must-see for all nurses: http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/pages/nnu-nurses-toolkit . It is a great place to start as you arm yourself with critical information.
If you see a breach of safety, call NNU at: 1-888-381-4585. They promise to keep your call as confidential as possible.
When given a chance to use more – or less – PPE, choose MORE. Cover it ALL up, baby!
L’Chaim! (To LIFE!)