October 5, 2014 10:09 am -

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]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

5 responses to Dallas Hospital Backtracks As Ebola Patient Critical

  1. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker October 5th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Sorry to be so sarcastic, but this is Texas afterall.
    This is the home of closing women’s clinics because of superstition and the baby jebus, hating affordable healthcare for the citizenry, deliberately ignoring the poor, and declaring war on democracy with voter restrictions.

    • StoneyCurtisll October 5th, 2014 at 11:28 am

      How did I miss the Texas connection??
      Excellent point~!

  2. rg9rts October 5th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Schultz to the rescue

  3. tiredoftea October 5th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Yup, I sure want Ebola being fought in a state where the world is 5,000 years old.

  4. edmeyer_able October 5th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t have a link to it (it was on Rachael Maddow friday night) but listening to gov perry answer questions about the Dallas hosp response was absolutely pathetic.