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
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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Sep
08

Public Health Update: Human Enterovirus 68 (HEV68), West Nile and Ebola

Over 1,000 Children infected with suspected Human Enterovirus 68 (HEV68) Over one thousand children in the Midwest have presented with symptoms of suspected Enterovirus 68, a rare, highly infectious virus that affects children more severely than adults, especially those under five years old and those with asthma. The infection starts with cold-like symptoms and then…
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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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