Last week First Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas blamed a flaw in their Electronic Health Records (EHR) system for the oversight that led to the discharge of Thomas Duncan, exposing countless individuals to the Ebola virus.
However, an internal email obtained from a staff member at First Presbyterian tells a different story.
This comes after a Dallas paramedic denounced the hospital for telling the public that they had been quarantined after transporting Duncan to the hospital and that the ambulance they used was taken out of service.
“All the people in the back of the ambulance 48 hours later before they finally took the ambulance out of service,” said Dallas Paramedic Geoffrey Aklinski in a discussion on Facebook, “none of them have been contacted. None of the paramedics that were on that shift and went in the ambulance were contacted. I’ve been off three days now. No one contacted me and I was in and drove that ambulance after it was infected.”
Aklinski said he was going to a doctor on his own initiative to be tested for the Ebola virus. “This is definitely a concern and exposed workers have not been contacted or tested… like me,” he explained. “I had to call into control in Dallas at 8 pm and complain to get evaluated.”
Before returning to the hospital on the 28th Eric Duncan vomited “all over the place” outside his apartment. The vomit remained on the sidewalk until four days later when a news helicopter captured footage of unprotected maintenance workers pressure washing the vomit as residents strolled by.
A previous internal email at First Presbyterian confirms that the CDC is directing the response to the first case of Ebola diagnosed on American soil which begs the question: what did CDC Director Frieden mean when he told the nation that the situation in Dallas was “under control”? Did they order First Presbyterian to lie to the American people and the people of Texas? Were all of these shameful failures part of the plan?