We ask our readers’ opinions about various health care topics in our poll, and we want to know what you think about Ebola in Brazil. Do you think it will become an epidemic here? What is your level of concern?
While no cases have been diagnosed in Brazil (the one suspected case turned out to not be Ebola), the level of anxiety in the health community has seemingly increased. In the United States, the main headline of the New York Times for Monday 13 October: 2nd Ebola Case in U.S. Stokes Fears of Health Care Workers.
The concern was heightened there last week since the first known person contracted Ebola while in the United State—a nurse who was part of the team caring for the first man who died of Ebola in the U.S. (Dallas, Texas). This was especially alarming to health care workers since the nurse was supposedly following precautions that should have protected her from the virus.
But the director of the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the U.S stated that the hospital where the nurse worked, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, did not strictly follow all the necessary precautions; that some breach of protocol probably occurred that allowed the nurse to become infected.
The director of the CDC, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, stated “The care of Ebola patients can be done safely, but it’s hard to do it safely. Even a single, inadvertent innocent slip can result in contamination.”
This reinforces the importance for hospitals to do their best to minimize errors. We reported in a recent post about the large number of mistakes that still occur in U.S. hospitals, and what is being done to correct that situation. That report stimulated our last poll question which was:
Por que acontecem tantos erros nos hospitais? (Você pode escolher mais de uma resposta), and the results were that about an equal number of readers felt the problem was “Falta de treinamento e capaticação dos profissionais” (36% of readers), while 33 % of our readers said “Porque os pacientes são atendidos por trabalhadores cansados e com jornadas muito longas” and 27% said “Por falta de estrutura e equipamentos para diagnósticos mais precisos.” Three of our readers left their own comments which were “Falta humanidade”, “Negligencia”, and “Falta de solideridade”.
We are interested in what our readers think about Ebola. Answer our question on the right column, and you can see the results at any time.
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