Overcoming organizational challenges to fight Ebola
When news broke that a Texas healthcare worker had become infected with Ebola, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden blamed the transmission on a “breach in protocol.” The unidentified breach may have been a failure by the nurse to wear or to properly remove personal protective equipment. Or, perhaps ineffective environmental infection control resulted in inadvertent exposure to infectious materials. But even if a protocol breach is to blame, Dr. Frieden’s explanation does not capture the systemic and organizational factors that might contribute to such an accident.
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