I’m a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here’s What No One Is Telling You About Ebola

Huffington Post – by Abby Norman

Ebola is brilliant.

It is a superior virus that has evolved and fine-tuned its mechanism of transmission to be near-perfect. That’s why we’re all so terrified. We know we can’t destroy it. All we can do is try to divert it, outrun it.  

I’ve worked in health care for a few years now. One of the first things I took advantage of was training to become FEMA-certified for hazmat ops in a hospital setting. My rationale for this was that, in my home state of Maine, natural disasters are almost a given. We’re also, though you may not know it, a state that has many major ports that receive hazardous liquids from ships and transport them inland. In the back of my mind, of course, I was aware that any hospital in the world could potentially find itself at the epicenter of a scene from The Hot Zone. That was several years ago. Today I’m thinking, by God, I might actually have to use this training. Mostly, though, I’m aware of just that — that I did receive training. Lots of it. Because you can’t just expect any nurse or any doctor or any health care worker or layperson to understand the deconning procedures by way of some kind of pamphlet or 10-minute training video. Not only is it mentally rigorous, but it’s physically exhausting.

PPE, or, personal protective equipment, is sort of a catch-all phrase for the suits, booties, gloves, hoods and in many cases respirators worn by individuals who are entering a hot zone. These suits are incredibly difficult to move in. You are wearing several layers of gloves, which limits your dexterity to basically nil, the hoods limit the scope of your vision — especially your peripheral vision, which all but disappears. The suits are hot – almost unbearably so. The respirator gives you clean air, but not cool air. These suits are for protection, not comfort. Before you even suit up, your vitals need to be taken. You can’t perform in the suit for more than about a half hour at a time — if you make it that long. Heat stroke is almost a given at that point. You have to be fully hydrated and calm before you even step into the suit. By the time you come out of it, and your vitals are taken again, you’re likely to be feeling the impact — you may not have taken more than a few steps in the suit, but you’ll feel like you’ve run a marathon on a 90-degree day.

Getting the suit on is easy enough, but it requires team work. Your gloves, all layers of them, are taped to your suit. This provides an extra layer of protection and also limits your movement. There is a very specific way to tape all the way around so that there are no gaps or “tenting” of the tape. If you don’t do this properly, there ends up being more than enough open pockets for contamination to seep in.

If you’re wearing a respirator, it needs to be tested prior to donning to make sure it is in good condition and that the filter has been changed recently, so that it will do its job. Ebola is not airborne. It is not like influenza, which spreads on particles that you sneeze or cough. However, Ebola lives in vomit, diarrhea and saliva  – and these avenues for infection can travel. Projectile vomiting is called so for a reason. Particles that are in vomit may aerosolize at the moment the patient vomits. This is why if the nurses in Dallas were in the room when the first patient, Thomas Duncan, was actively vomiting, it would be fairly easy for them to become infected. Especially if they were not utilizing their PPE correctly.

The other consideration is this: The “doffing” procedure, that is, the removal of PPE, is the most crucial part. It is also the point at which the majority of mistakes are made, and my guess is that this is what happened in Dallas.

The PPE, if worn correctly, does an excellent job of protecting you while you are wearing it. But eventually you’ll need to take it off. Before you begin, you need to decon the outside of the PPE. That’s the first thing. This is often done in the field with hoses or mobile showers/tents. Once this crucial step has occurred, the removal of PPE needs to be done in pairs. You cannot safely remove it by yourself. One reason you are wearing several sets of gloves is so that you have sterile gloves beneath your exterior gloves that will help you to get out of your suit. The procedure for this is taught in FEMA courses, and you run drills with a buddy over and over again until you get it right. You remove the tape and discard it. You throw it away from you. You step out of your boots  –  careful not to let your body touch the sides. Your partner helps you to slither out of the suit, again, not touching the outside of it. This is difficult, and it cannot be rushed. The respirators need to be deconned, batteries changed, filters changed. The hoods, once deconnned, need to be stored properly. If the suits are disposable, they need to be disposed of properly. If not, they need to be thoroughly deconned and stored safely. And they always need to be checked for rips, tears, holes, punctures or any other even tiny, practically invisible openings that could make the suit vulnerable.

Can anyone tell me if this happened in Dallas?

We run at least an annual drill at my hospital each year. We are a small hospital and thus are a small emergency response team. But because we make a point to review our protocols, train our staff (actually practice donning/doffing gear), I realized this week that this puts us ahead at some much larger and more notable hospitals in the United States. Every hospital should be running these types of emergency response drills yearly, at least. To hear that the nurses in Dallas reported that there were no protocols at their hospital broke my heart. Their health care system failed them. In the United States we always talk about how the health care system is failing patients, but the truth is, it has failed its employees too. Not just doctors and nurses, but allied health professionals as well. The presence of Ebola on American soil has drawn out the true vulnerabilities in the health care system, and they are not fiscally based. We spend trillions of dollars on health care in this country — yet the allocation of those funds are grossly disproportionate to how other countries spend their health care expenditures. We aren’t focused on population health. Now, with Ebola threatening our population, the truth is out.

The truth is, in terms of virology, Ebola should not be a threat to American citizens. We have clean water. We have information. We have the means to educate ourselves, practice proper hand-washing procedures, protect ourselves with hazmat suits. The CDC Disease Detectives were dispatched to Dallas almost immediately to work on the front lines to identify those who might be at risk, who could have been exposed. We have the technology, and we certainly have the money to keep Ebola at bay. What we don’t have is communication. What we don’t have is a health care system that values preventative care. What we don’t have is an equal playing field between nurses and physicians and allied health professionals and patients. What we don’t have is a culture of health where we work symbiotically with one another and with the technology that was created specifically to bridge communication gaps, but has in so many ways failed. What we don’t have is the social culture of transparency, what we don’t have is a stopgap against mounting hysteria and hypochondria, what we don’t have is nation of health literate individuals. We don’t even have health-literate professionals. Most doctors are specialists and are well versed only in their field. Ask your orthopedist a general question about your health — see if they can comfortably answer it.

Health care operates in silos — we can’t properly isolate our patients, but we sure as hell can isolate ourselves as health care workers.

As we slide now into flu season, into a time of year when we are normally braced for winter diseases, colds, flus, sick days and cancelled plans, the American people has also now been truly exposed to another disease entirely: the excruciating truth about our health care system’s dysfunction — and the prognosis doesn’t look good.

Note: In response to some comments, I would like to clarify that I am FEMA-trained in level 3 hazmat in a hospital setting. I am a student, health guide and writer, but I am not a nurse.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/abby-norman/im-a-hazmat-trained-hospi_b_5998486.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

14 thoughts on “I’m a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here’s What No One Is Telling You About Ebola

  1. Poppycock.
    and for the record….
    Your training is outdated considering how quickly things change now.

    Doctor: U.S. Army Rejected Successful Ebola Drug 2 Weeks Before Outbreak
    http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/doctor-u-s-army-rejected-successful-ebola-drug-2-weeks-before-outbreak/108149#more-108149

    From Ghana: Ebola is not real and the only people who have gotten sick are those who have received treatments and injections from the Red Cross
    By Steven Bancarz|
    A statement made by a man in Ghana named Nana Kwame has rocked the internet in the last few days. The following information needs to reach people. We need to see Ebola for what it really is. It’s time that the world wakes up to the agenda behind all of this hysteria. Here is what this man has to say about what is happening in his home country:…
    http://banoosh.com/blog/2014/10/17/ebo-lie-man-living-ghana-confirms-ebola-hoax/
    http://jimstonefreelance.com/ebolie.html

    The Liberian Daily Observer confirms Nana Kwame’s testimony
    http://jimstonefreelance.com/ebolaformaldehyde.html

    If It’s So Real, Why the Massive ‘Ebola Is Real’ Propaganda Campaign?
    http://truthstreammedia.com/why-the-massive-ebola-is-real-propaganda-campaign/

    Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn’t every hospital have one of these?
    Kill Ebola with electricity and UV light; no toxic chemicals needed.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/047216_Ebola_contamination_Xenex_ultraviolet_light.html##ixzz3G1Oxebko

    1. On the upside of things, obama just appointed an Ebola “czar”.

      Ron Klain, another zionist joo is in on the money train.

      So much for the govt. being an Equal opportunity Employer. Can a goy catch a break?! Jeez!

      1. My thoughts exactly.
        Another appointed government official from the tribe to run this “show”.
        All in the Family, I guess.
        Jeez! Gimme’ a break.

        1. I’d ask where Archie Bunker is but he was one too!! If I didn’t know any better I’d think they were producing blatant money grabbing hoaxes, one after another, to throw us off guard with the one REAL depopulation event. If something goes completely pandemic it’s not because of flights from Africa. It must be on controlled circumstances for their maximum benefit. Making money that we pay them WHILE they off us and providing them with even greater power would be their optimum result. Evil but so predictable.

  2. It is not like influenza, which spreads on particles that you sneeze or cough. However, Ebola lives in vomit, diarrhea and saliva  

    So when you sneeze there is no saliva in a sneeze? Really? so your “not airborne” theory just went out the window jacka$$. Don’t know about you, but when I sneeze saliva seems to find a way out of my mouth.

    1. if its ebola, it was created by the U.S.
      thereby spread by the U.S.

      Instead of fearing this pre-planned mess,
      we should fix the problem by cleaning up government
      for once and for all.

      Lets face it, once thats cleaned up so many other things will simply fall into place where it rightly belongs.

  3. Well Abby Normal, Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I’m not concerned at all by the your bullshit fear-mongering, how much are they paying you to be in on this psyop? This farce will be exposed for what it is and then you will see rage at it’s finest. Everyone, from the top on down will hang from a hemp rope.

  4. Why another zionist head of one of our key gov agencies? Supposedly,
    this bunch is only 3% of the pop. ( which is very much an underestimate )
    yet here they are; that’s why I don’t trust anything contrived.
    These people are not highly intelligent but are highly conniving.
    One of these are needed to keep the destruction of America on line.

  5. SHAMOLA!! Anyone want to bet it is gone from the minds of the masses before thanksgiving shopping season, just after the election….Dont want to change horses in the middle of a pandemic, do ya?????
    Its the GREAT DISTRACTION….

  6. Damn it Jim, I’m a Doctor, not a “Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker”.

    The author lost me in the first paragraph.
    “Ebola is brilliant… It is a superior virus that has evolved and fine-tuned its mechanism of transmission to be near-perfect.”

    Thats WAY too much bravado and speculative relativity for an article entitled;
    “I’m a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here’s What No One Is Telling You About Ebola”
    Perhaps no one is telling ME these things because you are full off horse excrement.

    Advice…Go to wikipedia and read the “Virology” section. Its about 1/6th of the way down. IMO- ITS A BOT. Its not alive(as in an actual living organism) but it can use organic cells to replicate. It even gets white blood cells to hide them from your immune system while they spread. My point is It did not evolve into what it is.

Join the Conversation

Your email address will not be published.


*