SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Nurse writes of experience fighting Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Registered Nurse Deborah Wilson recently published her experience of fighting the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa to make the outbreak more human and approachable to the public.

Wilson joined the fight as an international nurse volunteer. These volunteers face death and work in conditions that are challenging, as they must be able to give patients basic care in creative ways because traditional resources are not available.

"It is extraordinarily difficult to establish an IV line in a dehydrated patient by generator-powered light while double gloved, with one's goggles fogging,” Wilson wrote.

The article, published in American Journal of Nursing by Wolters Kluwer, gives the public a peak into the patients and clinicians who were involved in Wilson’s Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU). At this ETU, the workers were able to give their patients a survival rate amounting to 40 percent, which is a significant achievement given the circumstances.

"It was rare to get through a round without finding a patient who had passed away," Wilson wrote. "This was hard to bear, as these patients died alone, without the presence of their family and friends."

Wilson encouraged the public to remain actively involved in fighting against the Ebola outbreak.

"As an international community, we cannot forget West Africa," Wilson wrote. "Rather, we must continue to provide support to the affected countries and their people as they recover and begin to flourish again."

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