• All Hazards Exercise

    Individual Rights or Public Safety?

    It was bound to happen: After a few US Ebola cases, there would be calls for quarantine, something we warned of in our Aug. 19 post. A nurse returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa has been been quarantined on return to the US this … [Read More...]

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    What is ACHE Doing?

    We found it incredible that the latest issue (November/December 2014) of Healthcare Executive Magazine, the flagship publication of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), had no mention of Ebola in the articles it ran. The biggest … [Read More...]

  • Buck Passing

    Collective Failure of Healthcare Oversight

    As we look at the obvious lack of preparedness for this recent outbreak of Ebola and subsequent spread to healthcare workers in the US, we looked back at our coverage on this issue from April this year, and July, and the inevitable spread to the US … [Read More...]

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    Dallas Hospital “One of the Best” in Texas

    In a recent Bloomberg article that was mostly focused on the $1,000 per hour price of treating Ebola, our attention jumped to the rankings section of the article, and we were compelled to comment on the high ratings received by the hospital. “It … [Read More...]

  • bio terror

    A good time to visit or re-visit Ethical Considerations for Decisions

    On July 1, 2011 the Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC published the "Ethical Considerations for Decision Making Regarding Allocation of Mechanical Ventilators during a Severe Influenza Pandemic or Other Public Health Emergency" an earlier … [Read More...]

  • Katrina Landfall

    To Treat and Cure Them, You Must First Keep Them Safe

    This is the second in a three part series on how Accreditation in Healthcare has failed to keep us safe from the threats of  more frequent and robust natural disasters, more virulent and drug-resistant biological agents, and increasing levels of … [Read More...]

Oct
26

Individual Rights or Public Safety?

It was bound to happen: After a few US Ebola cases, there would be calls for quarantine, something we warned of in our Aug. 19 post. A nurse returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa has been been quarantined on return to the US this Friday, although she appears to be asymptomatic and reportedly feels fine…
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Oct
25

What is ACHE Doing?

We found it incredible that the latest issue (November/December 2014) of Healthcare Executive Magazine, the flagship publication of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), had no mention of Ebola in the articles it ran. The biggest story on the planet, never mind healthcare, could not find room in the valuable real estate of the prestigious publication. The…
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Oct
21

Collective Failure of Healthcare Oversight

As we look at the obvious lack of preparedness for this recent outbreak of Ebola and subsequent spread to healthcare workers in the US, we looked back at our coverage on this issue from April this year, and July, and the inevitable spread to the US and wondered why we were so unready to treat the…
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Oct
18

Dallas Hospital “One of the Best” in Texas

In a recent Bloomberg article that was mostly focused on the $1,000 per hour price of treating Ebola, our attention jumped to the rankings section of the article, and we were compelled to comment on the high ratings received by the hospital. “It is ranked the fifth-best hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and 15th-best…
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Oct
17

A good time to visit or re-visit Ethical Considerations …

On July 1, 2011 the Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC published the “Ethical Considerations for Decision Making Regarding Allocation of Mechanical Ventilators during a Severe Influenza Pandemic or Other Public Health Emergency” an earlier document dealt with vaccines and other priorities. Let’s hope that Ebola does not come to this level of decision making,…
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Oct
10

To Treat and Cure Them, You Must First Keep Them Safe

This is the second in a three part series on how Accreditation in Healthcare has failed to keep us safe from the threats of  more frequent and robust natural disasters, more virulent and drug-resistant biological agents, and increasing levels of man-made violence in healthcare, including active shooters, terrorist threats and workplace violence. The first post…
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