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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Sep
18

US Steps into Leadership Role on Containing Ebola

The United States will take the lead in the international response to the West African Ebola Epidemic with a large-scale operation led by the military to provide logistical, construction, materiel, command and control and operational coordinating functions.  According to a September 16, 2014 White House Press Release the president said: ”So today, I’m announcing a major…
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