• Buck Passing

    Collective Failure of Healthcare Oversight

    If we look for a political scapegoat for the lack of readiness in the US healthcare system, you will find that there is plenty of blame on both sides of the aisle and well-documented grandstanding on the issue without meaningful follow up by either … [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...]

  • All Hazards

    Has Accreditation Failed to Keep HealthCare Safe?

    This is the first of a three post series on the failure of external accreditation mechanisms to make the US Health Care Industry safer. The first post will serve as background and discuss the current state of Clinical Safety, while the next two will … [Read More...]

  • Ebola_Patient-10-2-14

    Dallas Ebola Response Very Confused

    Swing and a Miss: A man traveling from Liberia came into Dallas on the 20th of September, apparently healthy. Five days later he presented at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas with flu-like symptoms and after informing the hospital of his … [Read More...]

Oct
21

Collective Failure of Healthcare Oversight

If we look for a political scapegoat for the lack of readiness in the US healthcare system, you will find that there is plenty of blame on both sides of the aisle and well-documented grandstanding on the issue without meaningful follow up by either party. When CMS-3178-P was published to the Federal Register during 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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Oct
08

Has Accreditation Failed to Keep HealthCare Safe?

This is the first of a three post series on the failure of external accreditation mechanisms to make the US Health Care Industry safer. The first post will serve as background and discuss the current state of Clinical Safety, while the next two will discuss All Hazards Natural Disasters and Biological Agents, while the third…
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Oct
01

Dallas Ebola Response Very Confused

Swing and a Miss: A man traveling from Liberia came into Dallas on the 20th of September, apparently healthy. Five days later he presented at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas with flu-like symptoms and after informing the hospital of his recent West Africa travel, he was sent home – symptomatic and capable of spreading…
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