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Dallas Presbyterian Hospital's A.I.G.

Dallas Presbyterian 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 fire.

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 said.

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. Gupta inferred.

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 been infected.


That's in my opinion.

Michael C. Quinn

UPDATE: The two nurses who treated Thomas Duncan, deceased, and got the Ebola virus have been treated at two other hospitals who provide excellent care and treatment and whose containment facilities are top of the line, have now been released from the hospitals, having survived Ebola.

A Doctors Without Borders physician who just returned from Guinea, where he had been treating Ebola patients, has gotten the virus himself, and is now under extreme isolation at New York's Bellevue Hospital.

Dallas Presbyterian Hospital has apologized and is not at this time treating any more Ebola patients.

A U.S. military strike team designed to rush in at the first hint of the Ebola virus in the United States is now undergoing training, which is expected to last one week.

And now a nurse in New Jersey has been put in mandatory quarantine at a New Jersey hospital, even though she has no symptoms; she just returned from West Africa where she was treating patients with Ebola. She's fighting the forced isolation.

FURTHER UPDATE ON JERSEY NURSE: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has released the nurse from quarantine after she put up quite a stink nationwide for violation of her human rights; the quarantine was "like a prison," she told the media.

MORE UPDATES: Meanwhile, a 5-year-old boy who just returned from West Africa is now in quarantine at New York's Bellevue Hospital after running a fever. He's being tested for Ebola and the results should be known within 24 hours.

Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, and approximately 10 other personnel are now in "controlled monitoring" in Italy after returning there from West Africa over the weekend, according to multiple U.S. military officials. However, none of them are showing any symptoms of Ebola at this time.