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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Sep
12

Ignore the Ebola Pandemic at Your Own Risk

We have written several posts about the 2014 outbreak and have been alarmed at the lack of response by the International community to rally and intercept this growing threat. The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is growing at an exponential rate, i.e., on a track that continues to double the total caseload within…
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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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Apr
24

Healthcare Workplace Violence Continues Unabated

Originally published in our book “Unready: To err is human – the other neglected side of Hospital Safety and Security” July, 2010 and as relevant four years later as it was on day one. Two stabbings in separate UCLA hospitals occurred this week in California, leaving one Nurse in critical condition, which brought our attention…
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