Texas Ebola Doctor: ‘Nurse, I’ll Be Right Behind You’

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DALLAS, TX – Reports are coming in that during the care of the Liberian Ebola victim, the lead physician told his nurse: “Let’s go into the room together.  I’ll be right behind you.”  Dr. Wesles, an infection disease specialist, showing his chivalry by opening the door with one arm while the other was waving her in.  He continued: “While we are inside I’ll make sure to tell you what to touch and what not to, making sure I cover all the life-saving contact precautions,” he said to the nurse in the hallway, prior to going in the room.

“I don’t know anything about Ebola, Dr. Wesles!” she told him in the doorway.

“Don’t worry, I’ll go over everything about this very deadly disease once we are inside.  Just make sure you pay very close attention to what I go over because we don’t have a protocol yet.  No need to waste time out here in the hall, let’s just go on in.”

As the two were walking in Dr. Wesles was paged, turned around and attended an emergent noon conference on EHR coding.  They were serving enchiladas compliments of Pfizer.  At press time the nurse was changing the Foley catheter, rectal tube, and NG tube with ripped gloves because they were too small; the hospital was saving money by cutting back on larger gloves and masks.

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    Denise Boswell

    Yep. Been there, done that, never even received a lousy t-shirt. Just a mouthful of amniotic fluid, blood, mucus, and meconium aspirate.

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    Marie Sens-Taylor

    Nurse #2 called the hospital and asked if it was safe to go on her trip. They gave her permission.

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    ZDoggMD

    Too late!

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    Sarah Farmer

    In out ICU we’ve decided that well just anchor a foley, place a small bowel and just stay in the room for 12 hrs vs having to worry about how we are supposed to take off and put on the non existent equipment with no training and no help!

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    fitznicentite

    Who doesn’t “support” them? What are you talking about? Quit whining and playing the victim. Baby.

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    Daniel Sturgeon

    Jessica Crowe

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    Erin Murphy

    Maybe we should start supporting all healthcare workers who put their time and health on the line to care for patients. The anti-doctor propaganda is discouraging at best and frankly insulting when coming from our own nursing colleagues that we respect. Lets remember the first american diagnosed was a physician and he has donated his plasma to help this nurse. It was not her “fault” she got this disease nor did any physician put her in harms way. Lets start defending each other since the public is so busy condemning those who risk for them- nurses and doctors alike.

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    George Murray

    Sadly this feels more realistic than satire.

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    Janice Silver

    Monday, our hospital dealt with a genuine scare from a febrile patient just in from Liberia. Thankfully she tested negative. It just hit a bit too close to home and we are a little prickly about it right now. I’ll be back to loving your page by next week.

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    David DeLeon

    I agree, but to automatically assume a protocol breach without taking the time to review all the other screw ups is careless. Listening to the nurses unions concerns earlier today they bring up many good points that make me think, nursing/hospital personnel faced many potential dangers before the initial Ebola patient was placed in isolation and protocols initiated.

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    Jacqueline Neese

    no sorry let me clarify for some….. HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING….this would be the “WRONG place to make cutbacks……….”. do to hospital infectious disease protocol/precautions and could be lawsuits and joint commission this should never happen.

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    Kay Gaulke Hill

    They didn’t have the proper equipment Victoria Morgan. Which isn’t hard to imagine if you’re an RN that’s worked in a hospital anywhere.

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    Victoria Morgan

    Meh. I”m an RN. I think if you breached protocols you deserve some of the blame. The facility does too but the RN aint as pure as the driven snow.

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    Sue Corden

    Donna Steventon I’ll b right behind you

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    Minka Green

    Please look up the definition of satire…

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    Garlina Meade

    A bunch of ignorant people need to get their heads out of their asses…..Instead of the “living dead”, we’re just all gonna be DEAD!!!!

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    Heather Harris

    Awesome as always gomerblog.

    However- we can blame nurse #2 for getting on an airplane. Pretty sure that was never allowed in protocol.

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    Jacqueline Neese

    -“the hospital was saving money by cutting back on larger gloves and masks. ” WRONG place go make cut backs!!! actually sad they would make anyone do those types of bedside procedures with “ripped” gloves.

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    Joan Cunningham Adams

    Right, and if you get sick and stay home as you should, you run the risk of getting fired. Therefore, you’ve got frontline health care workers como g to work sick because they need their jobs. People who have direct contact with patients should not have the same sick time rules applied to them as office workers.

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    Robin Fahringer Mitchell Machajewski

    LMAO! Not too soon if you have the sense of humor required to survive being a nurse! Seriously, I think we should be regarded as highly as cops, firefighters and soldiers! We do our job and care for people despite the risks. And we often don’t have the protection and support we need (which is WRONG and should be remedied – maybe the upside of Ebola is it might make this happen? Ha.).

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    Habenero Reaper

    Ya gotta laugh, if not you’ll go crazy in this world…perfect timing as always Gomer!

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    Janet Bausone Franke

    I said this exact thing to my husband as soon as the first nurse was diagnosed!

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    Agha Shinasai Qazi

    Nurses rock!!! As a physician, I continue to be in awe for all that they do!

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    Alisa Arthur

    Reminds me of my ER days when a patient would become violent! “I got your back!” Right……

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    Robert Reynolds

    Do y’all remember the old delee meconium aspirator? Manual suction instead of wall. Heard several Drs tell the nurse to “come here, suck on this”

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    Bennie Allen

    Not to soon and close to DEAD ON!!! Union and non-union nurses have always and continue to fight for our safety in staffing/patient load/protocol/ect yet we continue to be the dumping ground for problems but not praised for what we are *the ones that actually keep the Dr’s, administration, JAHCO,….from killing them!!!
    Time to protect us too!

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    Robert Reynolds

    My thought for the day… They are few and far between

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    Robert Reynolds

    Don Imus had a great clip this morning. The Ebola song sung to the tune of Lola by the kinks. Hilarious. We must laugh. We can do our job and maintain our sanity with a sense of humor

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    Leticia Watson

    Sad

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    Critical Care RN

    I love your blog & humor … But this may be a little too soon and a little too raw, even for such great satire

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    Donna Riley-Lein

    SOP: Blame the nurse.

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    Terina Calcagno

    I could almost see this actually happening.

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    Elizabeth Jane Welch

    Right!

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    Kristin Johnson

    Not soon enough. Too late. This is the shit we deal with on a daily basis: risking our own health & those of our families LONG before Ebola became disease du jour.

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    Gomerblog

    Exactly. How did hospital administration avoid this blame? We love our nurses!

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    David DeLeon

    Right on time, especially since the nurses are shouldering much of the blame when it appears they don’t deserve it.

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    Catherine Mary

    No, not too soon. Hospital admin must step up, & start supporting the nursing staff. In fact, it may be too late.

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    Barbara Robin

    I don’t think it’s too soon—–a cynical look at a tragic situation.

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    Christy Stegemiller

    Nope, not too soon.

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    Elizabeth Jane Welch

    When satire is so close to reality, it makes for A+ reading.

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    Annette Mactaggart

    Spot on.

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    Keepit Real, RN

    What makes this so funny is how sad it is to being close to reality.

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    Amanda Darling

    Yup. Too soon.

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    Gomerblog

    Right on time

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    Janice Silver

    Too soon

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