OAKLAND (KRON) — Kaiser Permanente nurses are demanding more training in dealing with potential Ebola patients in the wake of the news that a hospital worker treating the nation’s first confirmed case of the disease in Dallas has tested positive for the virus.
“This is a virus that’s changing very quickly and we want to have the most optimal protection,” Kaiser nurse Kate Roemer says. “Caregivers who are not being adequately trained are being blamed.”
A National Nurses United survey finds 85% of all U.S. hospitals haven’t educated staff members about Ebola and 76% of hospitals have not disclosed any guidelines for admitting Ebola-infected patients.
“We are prepared when needed to isolate patients with potential infectious disease. We have also developed a clar workflow that notifies the infectious disease specialst on call,” Kaiser spokesman Marc Brown says in a written statement.
Nurses say they are organizing a national conference to share best practices for treating Ebola-infected patients.
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