Nurses say UCSF hospitals are unprepared to treat Ebola patients

More than a dozen nurses gathered in front of UC San Francisco's Parnassus Heights Campus on Tuesday to demand the hospital provide health care workers with proper equipment to treat Ebola patients.

“We do not have equipment, training or staff to care for even one Ebola patient if they are to come in today,” said Erin Carrera, a registered nurse who has worked at UCSF for 12 years.

The demonstration followed Friday's announcement by the California Department of Public Health to designate UC medical centers in San Francisco, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles and San Diego as those positioned to accept patients with Ebola. Nurses with the California Nurses Association held similar rallies in Southern California on Tuesday.

However, UCSF officials said in statement that its medical center has been preparing for the possibility of an Ebola patient since August, and is training nurses and using personal protective equipment that meets or exceeds standards by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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