Ebola Update, Oct. 2, 8:35 p.m. CDT 10/02/2014
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
- Mr. Duncan presented with a temperature of 100.1F, abdominal pain for two days, a sharp headache, and decreased urination. These symptoms could be associated with many communicable diseases, as well as many other types of illness. When he was asked whether he had nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, he said no. Additionally, Mr. Duncan’s symptoms were not severe at the time he first visited the hospital emergency department.
- When Mr. Duncan was asked if he had been around anyone who had been ill, he said that he had not.
- Mr. Duncan was asked if he had traveled outside the United States in the last four weeks, and he said that he had been in Africa. The nurse entered that information in the nursing workflow of the electronic health record.
- vital signs;
- general clinical assessment;
- a neurological assessment; and
- questions about major risk factors:
- domestic violence;
- tetanus status;
- tuberculosis risk;
- travel history outside the United States in the previous 4 weeks;
- suicide risk assessment; and
- falls risk assessment