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Dallas Nurse Blasts Texas Ebola Hospital: 'They Put Their Lives on the Line Without Proper Equipment’

By Monica Sanchez | October 17, 2014 | 9:57am EDT

Briana Aguirre, a Texas Health Presbyterian nurse who cared for recently diagnosed Ebola patient Nina Pham, blasted the hospital for its "ridiculous" response to the ongoing health crisis.

The Dallas nurse shed light on the hospital's lack of adequate protective gear and training, recklessly endangering nurses who have dedicated themselves to providing care to others despite such a high-risk situation.

"They were dealing with... all of these dangerous procedures. And they put their lives on the line, without the proper equipment."

According to Aguirre, the safety equipment covered every body part with at least one or two layers, but left health care workers' necks exposed.

"Why would we be in the second week of an Ebola crisis in our hospital and we don't even have the same equipment or protection that's given to sanitation workers that have no contact with patients at all?"

Good question.

When asked whether fellow nurse Nina Pham was wearing the same defective gear while treating Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan when exposed, teary-eyed Aguirre responded with absolute certainty:

"I know she was, because the equipment we needed was still on order."

Two nurses thus far, Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29, have been diagnosed with Ebola after having treated Duncan in the hospital's isolation ward.


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