Hospital's ass is grass. And the lawn mowers are CNN's Anderson Cooper
and CNN's Dr. Sanje Gupta.
Renegade nurses from the hospital have provided the first fuel for the
One in particular, Briana Aguirre, told Anderson Cooper last week that
"Duncan was left in a hallway with other patients, and left in a
room with seven other patients with no protective gear on whatsoever,
on either Duncan or the other patients, for some time."
She also told Cooper "...medical waste was stacked up in the hallways."
She reported that even CDC personnel who were on scene just walked by
the medical waste and said nothing, did nothing about it. One room was
"chock full" of medical waste bags, Aguirre said.
Since then, both Cooper and Gupta have been pouring forth attitudes of
"incredible" and "revolting."
"After all the talk across the nation about Ebola and how safe we
all are, it's disgusting that things like those should occur," Gupta
He indicated that it isn't the sterile, concerned- for-patients approach
that most medical professionals exude.
Regarding personal protective equipment, Aguirre told Cooper after they
put on masks, hoods, aprons, gowns, gloves (2 pair) leggings and booties,
a 3-inch triangular area at the front of her neck -- the space can be
located by imagining a man's Adam's apple. That would be in the center
of the 3-inch triangular area. That space was exposed. Aguirre queried
that with hospital personnel, from the charge nurse on up the chain of
command, asking "with all that protective gear on, why would there
be a 3-inch triangular area of skin on the neck be exposed?"
She never got an answer.
She said there was never any training about handling infectious patients
being held in isolation. She never was trained on putting on and taking
off the hazardous material personal gowns, gloves, etc. They were never
told that removal of personal hazardous gear is even more important than
putting it on -- it has become infected, most likely. They were never
told any of that, Aguirre told Cooper.
Dr. Sanje Gupta was aghast at Aguirre's revelations.
This just proves that Presbyterian hospital in Dallas was certainly not
prepared to handle an Ebola patient. And they've said they've just been
following CDC guidelines, which clearly would show that the CDC wasn't
ready for this and have said so recently. And even though the U.S. government
has been saying "We're ready for Ebola," they were not, Dr.
At the end of last week, President Obama appointed Ron Klain as an Ebola
Czar. It will be Klain's responsibility to coordinate all of the government
agencies involved in the eradication of Ebola here in the United States.
I hope it works.
Meanwhile, I can hardly wait for Anderson Cooper's next show to see and
hear from whom he is ripping a new one, or maybe just continue with more
of Dallas Presbyterian hospital's snafus. As a matter of fact, at the
end of last week, some state government agency, I forget which one, declared
that an inspection showed the hospital is not medical ready for certain
situations. You just know Anderson Cooper will be all over that one on
Monday -- maybe before then. (You never know when and where Anderson will
show up...he seems to be everywhere...and when you least expect it.
Dallas Presbyterian Hospital tried to medically handle the case of Thomas
Eric Duncan, an Ebola patient, now deceased, and two nurses who treated
him now infected with Ebola and recently transferred to and being treated
at 2 of the 4 hospitals that ARE equipped to properly handle such cases,
and leaving somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 people wondering if they've
That's in my opinion.
Michael C. Quinn