Review cites problems at Texas hospital during Ebola crisis

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 4, 2015 at 9:51 a.m.



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DALLAS (AP) — An independent review of the Texas hospital that treated the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola has found the hospital was not adequately prepared for a patient with the deadly virus and stumbled because of communication failures.

The report by a panel of four physicians and a nurse released Friday comes amid a lawsuit by one of two nurses who contracted Ebola while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died in October. Nina Pham alleges the hospital's parent company, Texas Health Resources, failed to provide training and proper protective gear.

Texas Health Resources received a copy of the report ahead of its release. Chief Executive Barclay Berdan said in response to the findings that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's role amid the outbreak wasn't clear and its guidelines were insufficient. The CDC has since updated its guidelines.

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This story has been updated to show that there was a nurse on the panel, not just physicians.

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