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Ebola case raises concern about everyday hospital safety
Ebola case raises concern about everyday hospital safety

If the transmission of the deadly Ebola virus from a now-deceased patient to one of his nurses occurred because of a "protocol breach," what does that say about the general state of patient and caregiver safety in hospitals across the country? The whole world is watching. If we can't get this right with regard to Ebola, the virus that already has caused more than 4,000 deaths in western Africa and one in the U.S., a person can reasonably ask what's going on the rest of the time, in the day-to-day of intensive-care units everywhere. Are doctors and nurses doing everything possible to prevent harm? Are they following protocols? The fact is, medical errors happen...

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