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What it takes to make all hospitals Ebola-ready

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:14

The largest nurse organization in the country, National Nurses United, is asking President Obama to take executive action and mandate “uniform, national standards” at all U.S. hospitals to help protect healthcare workers confronting Ebola.

"We know that without these mandates to health care facilities we are putting registered nurses, physicians and other healthcare workers at extreme risk," the letter says. "They are our first line of defense. We would not send soldiers to the battlefield without armor and weapons."

The group says those standards should include protective equipment like Hazmat suits and hands-on training to protect nurses and other hospital workers, even at the smallest of hospitals. And there are 5,000 community hospitals in the U.S.

Dr. Dennis Maki, a disease control expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says it takes at least half a day to train people in the protective garb alone. “I’ve just gone through Ebola training in my own hospital for putting the garb on and off this week, and I can tell you that’s a very complex undertaking.”

Dr. Ashish Jha,  director of the Harvard Global Health Institute,  says proper Ebola training and equipment at every hospital in the U.S. will probably cost in the tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars. But not every hospital worker needs in-depth training.

“I think every hospital person certainly needs to know something basic about isolation,” Jha says.  “And then probably every hospital needs a small number of staff who can stabilize and manage that patient for the short run.”

Jha and Maki say it’s unreasonable to expect that small community hospitals be able to care for Ebola patients long-term. Large medical centers have more staff and resources to safely care for them, they say.  

The CDC says it is reaching out to hospitals to help them prepare for Ebola cases. The agency is investigating exactly how two healthcare workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas contracted the disease.

Graphic by Shea Huffman & Tony Wagner/Marketplace

Trekkers die in Nepal blizzards

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:12
A blizzard and several avalanches in the Himalayas of central Nepal are reported to have killed at least 29 people, many of them trekkers.

Cellar slave girl to receive £100,000

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:03
A deaf girl from Pakistan kept as a slave for nine years by a millionaire couple from Salford is to receive £100,000 in compensation.

US 'hid Iraq chemical incidents'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 10:24
The Pentagon withheld details of incidents where soldiers were wounded by abandoned chemical weapons in Iraq in 2004-11, a US newspaper says.

Air raids and clashes hit Benghazi

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:54
Gunfire and air strikes rock Libya's second city, Benghazi, amid an offensive to drive out Islamist militias.

Charity refuses Ashya cash request

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:29
A charity that received donations to pay for treatment for five-year-old brain tumour patient Ashya King says it will not give money to the boy's family.

VIDEO: How to wear an Ebola protection suit

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:22
The BBC's Alastair Leithead visited the National Biocontainment Training Centre in Galveston, Texas to try on a bio-hazard suit and see just how hard it is to guarantee the safety of Ebola doctors and nurses.

Ditch 'Blu Tack' funding system

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:16
First Minister Carwyn Jones calls for a new funding system for Welsh public services to replace a "Blu Tack and cardboard" formula devised in the 1970s.

For A U.S. Hostage Facing Death, Syria Meant A New Life

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:08

Abdul-Rahman Kassig went to Iraq as a U.S. soldier and returned to the Middle East to establish his own aid mission. Now he's a captive of the Islamic State in Syria, which is threatening to kill him.

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VIDEO: Mrs Clooney on marriage and marbles

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:04
The new wife of Hollywood star George Clooney, lawyer Amal Clooney, has had talks with Greek PM Antonis Samaras as part of a campaign to return the Parthenon sculptures from Britain.

Ebola In The United States: What Happened When

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:51

Taming Ebola virus is now a challenge for the American health care system. We track the U.S. experience with Ebola from the appearance of an Ebola strain in laboratory monkeys in Reston, Va., in 1989.

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Promote British values, schools told

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:28
Schools should not shy away from promoting "fundamental British values" to their pupils, says Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Rebels clash with al-Qaeda in Yemen

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:27
Shia Houthi rebels and al-Qaeda militants engage in heavy fighting in southern Yemen, as the rebels seek to expand the territory under their control.

The Texas Road Food Takeover: Smoked, Fried And Tex-Mex

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:26

Like the march of fire ants and juniper trees across Texas, a trio of hardy cuisines is edging out the state's gastro-diversity. Classic Lone Star dishes like Frito pie are becoming harder to find.

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Dutch bikers join fight against IS

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:25
Three members of a Dutch motorcycle club with military backgrounds have gone to Iraq to help Kurds fighting Islamic State, a fellow biker confirms.

What Will Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Mean For Girls' Education?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:25

Although important strides have been made, a children's rights expert says the world has a long way to go before Malala Yousafzai's vision of meaningful education for all is realized.

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Thailand's Leader Hints At Putting Off Return To Democracy

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:13

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a May coup, had originally said that elections would be held by late 2015. Now he suggests the date could be pushed back.

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Google readies Android Lollipop

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:01
Google announces that Android Lollipop, the next version of its mobile operating system, will be released on Friday.

Government concern at ticket costs

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:00
Sports minister Helen Grant tells the BBC that football clubs must not take fans for granted by charging high ticket prices.

The numbers for October 15, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-15 07:31

Another health care worker from Dallas was diagnosed with Ebola Wednesday morning, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are trying to find passengers on a flight she took Monday. The unidentified patient flew from Cleveland to Dallas with about 130 others just before she reported symptoms. The CDC is asking those passengers to call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Vox has an explainer with five ways you can catch Ebola on a plane, and the many more ways you can't. In short: it's pretty difficult. Here are some other stories we're reading — and numbers we're watching — Wednesday:

130 million

That's how many people subscribe to HBO worldwide. The network — once resistant to cord-cutting and blasé about password sharing — will uncouple its streaming service, HBOGo, from cable packages next year. Time Warner stock rallied at the news.

5,000

The number of chemical weapons secretly discovered in Iraq in the years after the 2003 U.S. invasion, according to an extensive New York Times investigation. The abandoned weapons — and injuries sustained by the soldiers that found them — were reportedly kept hidden until now, even within the military.

$20,000

That's how much Facebook is offering female employees to cover the costs of freezing their eggs, TechCrunch reported. Apple will begin offering the ostensible perk next year. The tech industry has a well-documented gender gap the move is seemingly addressing, but critics say egg freezing is just another way — along with free food, shuttles, laundry, massages and so on — for tech companies to keep employees content and working without distractions.

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