Rethinking Patient Care in the Face of Ebola
With one Ebola patient walking out of a Texas hospital without a bat of the eye, the medical world is analyzing their mistake when it comes to patient history. Where the patient clearly marked their travels on a questionnaire, the medical staff simply overlooked the information. With more Ebola cases popping up across the globe, it’s time to revert back to more old-fashioned patient interview processes.
Creating a Conversation
Nurses and doctors should make it a point to interview the patient one-on-one. Basic questions asked by Marnie Bennett turn into more expanded views about the person and their travels. The moment a disease-prone city or country is mentioned, the medical team can snap to attention. Filling out forms and filing them away could be the simplest pathway for Ebola and other viruses to spread wildly.
Time Must Be Taken
The biggest concern brought up by medical professionals is the issue of time. There appears to be no time to interview each person entering a clinic or hospital. However, it may be the time to turn back the proverbial clocks. Personalized care could have stopped the first Ebola patient from walking out of the facility. Medical personnel could create a hierarchy within the facility to expedite interviewing processes. Qualified individuals work with each person and move them as necessary through the treatment process.
Preventing an epidemic takes real evaluation of current patient care. One Texas example needs to prompt other facilities to ready their staff and procedures for more Ebola cases.