HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) –
A nurse at the Texas Children's Hospital was released after reporting on an anti-vaccine Facebook page on a toddler who tested positive for measles.
The hospital sent the following statement Regarding the incident:
We were made aware that one of our nurses has posted protected health information about a patient on social media. We take these things very seriously, as the privacy and well-being of our patients are always the top priority. After an internal investigation, this person is no longer in the organization. [Weekend News] Over the weekend, the nurse working on the hospital's West Campus reported on the condition of the child on a Facebook page titled "Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children ̵
In the screenshots Eyewitness News saw, the nurse said, "For the first time in my career, I've seen measles this week, in fact, most of my coworkers and the ER doctors have seen measles for the first time And honestly, it was tough, the kid was so sick, sick enough to be admitted to intensive care, and he looked miserable … By no means did I change my vax posture, and I'll never do it But I just wanted to share my experiences and how much worse it was than I expected. "
The posts contained some comments from other group members, and at a certain point, the nurse commented," I'm not kidding, I'm me thought about wiping his mouth and bringing him home to my thirteen-year-old. "
The screenshots were taken by an affected parent on the Facebook page of Texas Children's Hos Pital shared, and the hospital responded immediately that it performs an investigation. 19659006] On Monday afternoon, the hospital gave the eyewitness a complete explanation News:
"A patient who was treated at the Texas Children's Hospital West campus was tested positive for measles." This is a highly contagious Vaccine-preventable infection We know that vaccination is the best protection against measles.
We work closely with public institutions to continuously monitor high-infectious diseases in our local, national and international communities Our infection control and prevention team has immediately identified other children who may have come into contact with this patient to assess their risk and make clinical recommendations.We have contacted all of these families.
We are also aware that one of our sisters has information on social media and we take these things very seriously thorough investigation is under way.
The highest priority of Texas Children's Hospital is the health and safety of those we serve. We will continue to inform our patients, their families, our employees and the general public to the greatest possible extent while respecting the privacy of our patients.
Health officials say measles is largely preventable with vaccines, and is very rare in the United States, although numbers have increased in recent years.
Over the last 10 years, the Houston Department of Health has averaged approximately 0, 5 reported cases of measles per year
About Texas, only one measles The case was reported in 2016. This year, a measles outbreak contracted to six relatives in Ellis County, a seventh case was recently confirmed in Collin County, and this could make Texas case number 8 in 2018.
"Measles is such a worry because it is preventable. We have a vaccine that can prevent that, "said Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Health Systems. And two, it's so easily transferable to someone else.
District officials initially thought they would investigate the measles case, but the toddler in question lives in Houston, so the investigation is being conducted by the Houston City Health Department.
"Vaccinations save lives," Dr. Shah said.
The hospital says it all strongly encourages employees to receive the recommended vaccines, and those who do not could be limited in the treatment of patients The hospital says it can not comment on whether the nurse had her vaccines.
Eyewitness news reached the nurse During a visit to her home, her mother told us through the door that the family has no comment The Texas Board of Nursing says the nurse in question is currently in good health Watch with their licensing authority.
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