Nurse: Why We're Caring for Ebola Patients in US
It's the right thing to do, medically and ethically, writes Emory's Susan Grant
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2014 7:18 AM CDT
An ambulance transporting Nancy Writebol arrives at Emory University Hospital Tuesday in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Jason Getz)

(Newser) – As Emory University Hospital in Atlanta treats two patients with Ebola, health officials are taking flak for bringing the contagious disease to the US. The head nurse at Emory, however, thinks everybody should calm down. "Those fears are unfounded and reflect a lack of knowledge about Ebola and our ability to safely manage and contain it," writes Susan Grant in the Washington Post. But more than that, these critics seem to have forgotten the "foundational mission of the US medical system," she writes.

Hospitals exist to care for the sick and to advance medical knowledge, and the Ebola cases hit both points, writes Grant. Should the US turn its back on two charity workers who selflessly helped others? To do so would be a breach of medical ethics. "We can either let our actions be guided by misunderstandings, fear, and self-interest, or we can lead by knowledge, science, and compassion," writes Grant. "We can fear, or we can care." Click to read her full column.

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baldpirate
Aug 7, 2014 3:34 PM CDT
I don't care what excuses they give or assurances they make, there is absolutely NO reason to have transported these two individuals to the US for treatment. It would have been far easier and much safer to ship the drug(s) to the patient(s) in Africa, where they went of their own accord This from a career Health Care worker with 20+ years on the job ! ! !
JTMullins
Aug 7, 2014 3:32 PM CDT
Hospitals exist to c?a?r?e? ?f?o?r? ?t?h?e? ?s?i?c?k? ?a?n?d? ?t?o? ?a?d?v?a?n?c?e? ?m?e?d?i?c?a?l? ?k?n?o?w?l?e?d?g?e? make a profit, and the Ebola cases hit that point, writes Grant. There fixed that for you.
heretoday
Aug 7, 2014 10:47 AM CDT
Funny all those high sounding words coming from a medical person when the FIRST thing medical schools do is burn all that compassion and caring out of people. It gets in the way of decisions and care and has no place. I am not too shabby at medical care but when my wife went into labor I was worthless. Too close to the person. I felt her suffering too much to help her. But bringing the victims here will be a great excuse when Obama unleashes the ebola mists in the large airports to unleash a modern plague. The UN has wanted to kill off about 2/3 of the Earth's population for decades. AIDS backfired but hey, try again.