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Doctor: Nurse Contracting Ebola Was a 'System Failure'

By    |   Monday, 13 Oct 2014 06:04 PM

It was not the fault of the nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first U.S. victim, but a "system failure," says Dr. Gavin MacGregor-Skinner.

"It's not just human error, it's a system's failure," MacGregor-Skinner, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey, told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Monday.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday that the nurse contracted Ebola because of "a breach of protocol."

"Where was the management and the supervision of all the hospital staff that had direct contact with this Ebola patient?" MacGregor-Skinner asked.

"If you go back to the CDC guidelines, you'll see that in their hospital preparedness checklist they talk about patient care and putting on and taking off the person protected — you use the buddy system," he explained.

"What that means is I'm putting on the equipment and I have a colleague who is watching me to" see if mistakes are made, he said.

"When I take it off, that colleague is watching me if I make mistakes. When I'm in with the patient, someone is watching me and supervising me with checklists all the time to see if I make mistakes," he added. "If I make a mistake, we take corrective action there and then on the spot."

"I don't know if this was happening at the Dallas Hospital," MacGregor-Skinner told Newsmax. "This is very much about the guidelines and just that."

The health sciences expert says that hospital staff should be having training and going through drills to make sure they know the right protocols.

He said that he's also surprised that the CDC hasn't "created the how to videos that we can set as a gold standard so that everyone in the U.S. healthcare system and the U.S. public could see how to mitigate and decrease the risk of handling an Ebola patient, Ebola waste or just the Ebola virus."

"We haven't even done that," he added. "We haven't used all the tools in the toolbox."

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