“This is a failure on the national level, a big failure,” said Allison, the head of the state’s largest nonprofit health system. “Ebola was known for years. If they would’ve addressed it when it needed to be addressed it could’ve been stopped, frankly, in my opinion, in West Africa. The CDC was not handling this well; they’ve dropped the ball and it fell back on Presbyterian Dallas.”Full Story
A Texas Health Resources employee who provided care for the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has tested positive for the virus and is in isolation at the North Dallas hospital.Full Story
Before the news: There is an infinitesimal chance of you or your kids or your family getting Ebola.
Breathe. Now: A who’s-who of state and local officials gathered at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas a few minutes ago and shared a few updates on the public health response. Look for the full write-up on D Healthcare Daily shortly.
As you’re surely aware by now, a man who traveled to Dallas from Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola on Tuesday. It’s the first case in the U.S. ever. He’s been in isolation since Sunday, although he initially sought care two days prior and was sent home. Dr. Ed Goodman, the hospital’s chief epidemiologist, said he was feverish and suffering from abdominal pains on Sept. 26. He was prescribed antibiotics and discharged, even though he told medical officials he had been in Liberia. Why he was sent home is under investigation.Full Story
Parkland could lose $400 million in federal funding because staffers discharged a wounded homeless man who attempted suicide to a shelter that was not equipped to provide care for his severe injuries.Full Story
Last week, Parkland got word that CMS will be onsite before Sept. 6 to investigate whether it put its patients in “immediate jeopardy.” The hospital must submit a plan of correction by tomorrow, which will be evaluated by unannounced investigators over the next two-and-a-half weeks.Full Story
This week, Thomson Reuters published an update to its list of the most cited researchers in the world. Ten work in North Texas, and all of those are employed by UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Head over to D Healthcare Daily for details on the work that each of the researchers do, but this is a nice recognition for the medical school: In essence, it’s listing these researchers as some of the foremost experts in their entire fields.
The list was first compiled in 2001 and again in 2004. For this update, Thomson Reuters scoured references in the top 1 percent of all peer reviewed articles or white papers indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection between 2002 and 2012. The 10 researchers at UTSW authored, participated, or were cited in some of the most highly regarded pieces of research in the last decade.Full Story