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Dallas Hospital Didn't Use Ebola Screening Machine

By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 09:45 PM

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan died of Ebola and two nurses caring for him contracted it, has a special machine for screening for the virus, but did not use it on Duncan or the others.

Patrick Tucker, technology editor for Defense One, explained to Fox News "On the Record" host Greta Van Susteren Friday that the machine, the Film Ray, is made by the company Biofare and used by the military to detect certain types of illness, not just Ebola.

"You take a sample, you stick it in there, and after about an hour it's going to tell you what you have got," said Tucker.

But the Dallas hospital was not able to use the machine to screen the Ebola victims because the machine was not designated as a research-use only machine, which is required under Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

"You have to designate the machine as research-only," said Tucker, and then "you call, and you get the software kit immediately. That is just a FedEx exchange that needs to happen, but they didn't have the kit."

With the kit, and with the research-only designation, it would have taken just an hour to detect Ebola.

But the machine is used at the hospital for clinical diagnostics, which means it can't be used to research whether a person has Ebola.

"If you tell the FDA we're only going to use this for research, then you can use it to actually take care of patients that might have Ebola," Tucker explained. "If you want to use it to, you know, clinically diagnose listeria and not for treating ebola patients, then it gets to retain its clinical diagnosis status."

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