Friday, October 03, 2014
It's the technology, stupid --- NOT!
Mr. Duncan, the Ebola patient at Texas Presbyterian Hospital presented TWICE there with flu like symptoms and was sent home once with a course of antibiotics (useless for viruses and dispensed wily nily.) He was admitted two days later with more severe symptoms, giving him plenty of time to interact with the population. Now 100 people who came into contact with him either directly or indirectly, including children, are being tracked and/or quarantined.
The blame, now, is being taken off hospital medical personnel and is being placed on a technology glitch? Hospital big wigs are saying the computerized software did not share the TRAVEL part of the information so the treating physicians did not see it and did not know he traveled to Liberia. Now that is kind of an important question concerning Ebola one would think?! West Africa, including Liberia, is where over 3000 people have died from it!
Blame it on technology when you want to absolve humans of fault. A hugely horrible virus is out there in west Africa and medical personnel all over the world are informed of it. Travel, beyond almost ANY of the other questions one could ask a presenting patient, is one of the MOST IMPORTANT questions that should be asked everywhere. Maybe the doctors there or someone should have asked that vital question and made sure it was shared or if not ask why it was not.
Human beings are the ones who program these computers and human beings are the ones who see the data. Do you think one just ONE doctor or medical personnel could have asked an important question when they saw Mr. Duncan the first time and make sure that important information was shared? Uh, let's see, Mr. Duncan, have you traveled to west Africa? Easy question, right? Couldn't someone see they were NOT getting the most important data -- TRAVEL -- imparted to them then kick someone's posterior and say hey you know what why am I not getting travel info to help make my diagnosis of Mr. Duncan?
NO ONE RECOGNIZED the lack of travel information TO BE IMPORTANT? Oh, yeah Rick Perry, governor of Texas, let's see how you can blame it on Obamacare or how about blaming it on YOU who will not extend the Medicaid portion of Obamacare so people are not forced to use the ER for their primary care?
Democrats, get out your thinking caps and see why the head of the State of Texas, Governor Perry, his cronies and his Board of Health staff were not monitoring hospitals and the questions they ask of patients because it was known it was just a matter of time before a case of Ebola would happen here and whether a patient traveled to west Africa or not is a slightly important question to ask and then to share, doncha think?!!
EBOLA IN THE US IS IN TEXAS -- WHY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS GOING TO LOSE. GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE AND DO NOT LET THESE KNOW NOTHINGS WITHIN AN INCH OF HIGH OFFICE AND POLITICAL POWER!