Nurse Pauline Cafferkey Isolation Unit at The Royal Free Hospital
The Guardian is reporting that Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey is in critical condition in an isolator unit at The London based Royal Free Hospital. Ms. Cafferkey was one of the 30 NHS volunteers that have flown to Sierra Leone to work in the Red Zone with Save the Children.
The Red Zone is so termed due to the highly infectious patient population. The Green Zone is the so-called "safe zone".
Interestingly, The UK Telegraph reports that Nurse Cafferkey has not received the identical life-saving therapy(ZMAPP) that was previously provided to Ebola survivor William Poole. It is being reported that her treatment consisted of an unnamed "experimental medication". As her condition deteriorated, The Huffington Post quoted Royal Free physician, Dr Michael Jacobs, as stating that the facility was "providing her with the very best care possible." However, the Ebola Virus Disease(EVD) can have an unpredictable course. Dr. Jacobs further said, "At the moment, we don't know what the best treatment strategies are."
In fairness to the Royal Free Hospital, there are no doses of ZMAPP available. Many Infectious Disease physicians believe that Pauline's best chance at survival is to receive antibody rich plasma from a patient that has survived EVD.