Dallas Hospital Backtracks As Ebola Patient Critical
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which failed to initially identify and isolate the U.S.’s first Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan, initially blamed a flawed computer system for the error, but is now backing off that explanation.
Late Friday – 24 hours after releasing the details in “in the interest of transparency” – the hospital reversed part of its account. Unlike before, they said Duncan’s travel history was visible to all in the hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system.
“There was no flaw in the EHR in the way the physician and nursing portions interacted related to this event,” the hospital said in a written statement.
But as of Saturday afternoon, no other explanation for the oversight has been given. Emails to the hospital with specific questions from Yahoo News have not been returned for days…
Duncan’s condition was downgraded on Saturday afternoon from serious to critical.
Officials in charge of the Dallas investigation and public health response also had no answers when asked about the hospital’s retraction during a Saturday news conference.[su_csky_ad]