A nurse who cared for one of the recently infected Ebola patients told NBC’s Matt Lauer Thursday that she “couldn’t believe” the lack of protocols in place at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and could “no longer defend” her place of employment.
Appearing on Today Thursday in an interview with Matt Lauer, Briana Aguirre said officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital did not properly treat patient Thomas Eric Duncan.
“I watched them violate basic principles of nursing… I would try anything and everything to refuse to go there to be treated. I would feel at risk by going there. If I don’t actually have Ebola, I may contract it there.”
Aguirre asserted that no one in the hospital’s administration stressed education on the Ebola virus.
“We never talked about Ebola and we probably should have… [Instead], they gave us an optional seminar to go to. Just informational, not hands on. It wasn’t even suggested we go… We were never told what to look for.
“I can no longer defend my hospital at all.
The Texas nurse did not care for Duncan, but did provide care for Nina Pham, who will be soon transferred to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) facility in Bethesda, Maryland. Aguirre said Duncan was placed in an area with “up to seven other patients,” and co-workers who did care for Duncan said the scene was “chaotic.”
“It was just a little chaotic scene. Our infectious disease department was contacted to ask, ‘What is our protocol?’ And their answer was, ‘We don’t know. We’re going to have to call you back.’”
While providing care for Pham, Aguirre said she “couldn’t believe” the lack of protection she was issued to provide care for the patient. While every other part of her body was protected, the front part of her neck was exposed.
“I’ll be honest, I threw a fit. I just couldn’t believe it… In the second week of an Ebola crisis at my hospital, the only gear they were offering us at that time, and up until that time, is gear that is allowing our necks to be uncovered?
“Why would I be wearing two pairs of gloves, three pairs of booties, a plastic suit covering my entire body, and then leave my neck hanging out this much so that something can potentially go close to my mouth or nose?”
Aguirre told Lauer that, when she expressed her concern to an infectious disease nurse, she was advised to place tape around the exposed area to cover up.
Aguirre is the second nurse to reveal questionable on-goings at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital after a group of nurses who have not revealed their identities released a statement through National Nurses United.
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H/T The Blaze