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Stop playing the Ebola blame game
Stop playing the Ebola blame game

To the editor: As a registered nurse and a retired nurse administer, I was concerned about the perception that the failure to identify Ebola symptoms during the patient's initial hospital visit focused on the nurse. Research has shown that most serious medical errors cannot be attributed to one individual but are usually the result of an organizational failure. ("Officials begin tracing contacts of Texas patient diagnosed with Ebola," Sept. 30) Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas likely had multiple levels of safety checks in place to identify potential Ebola patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a checklist that should be used when...

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