Aug
24

Major Quake Tests Hospital Triage in Napa California

According to the USGS, at 3:20AM, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook the South Napa city area in Northern California, causing major damage and dozens of injuries. There were approximately 89 injuries reported, including three severely injured from falling debris, the most serious of those was reportedly a child in critical condition,…
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Aug
22

Ferguson Lessons: Five Questions for Every Hospital …

In the Ferguson, Missouri case of an unarmed black teenager killed by a white police officer, we have seen how quickly tensions can boil over; escalating from a small group of protesters to a full blown riot in the space of a few hours, and even minutes. Politics aside, the first lesson here is that…
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Aug
19

Ebola Update: Stop Talking and Start Doing

In what seems like a rollercoaster ride of news and pronouncements concerning the 2014 Ebola outbreak, we have been told not to worry,  it is a fragile virus that does not move easily between host and victim, it is not airborne, the US healthcare system can easily contain an outbreak through better infection control process…
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Aug
07

Bring In the Ebola

  Ebola is Spreading Rapidly and is “Out of Control” in Africa As the death toll climbs toward 1,000 in the worst Ebola outbreak in history, two American Missionaries who contracted the disease while treating patients in West Africa, were scheduled to be transported back to the United States. The physician, Kent Brantly, arrived at Emory University hospital…
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Aug
05

The H1N1 Debacle of 2009 – Five Years on – …

In 2009, we wrote a series of articles for the Washington Examiner about the waves of H1N1 spreading across the country and the Public Healthcare System’s lack of preparedness. The following is a summary of the articles along with links to the originals. “Success has many fathers and Failure is an orphan” Not so in the…
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Aug
01

Why Don’t Facility Safety and Security Count in …

There is a difference between clinical safety and physical safety and this difference is neither understood nor acknowledged by the trade publications that create lists – and run advertisements of- the “Best” hospitals. The lack of Clinical Safety and the shoddy survey methodology make us wonder why they produce the lists in the first place – they…
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