The utter failure of state and federal authorities to protect two nurses who treated a Liberian Ebola patient in Texas make it seem that America’s defenses against this deadly virus have crumbled. That the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention may have told one of those nurses she could get on a plane makes it worse.
Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that most people expect. The father had learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you know what to look for whenever people enter the water. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life.
Flu results in "about 250,000 to 500,000 yearly deaths" worldwide. "The typical estimate is 36,000 [deaths] a year in the United States," reports the Centers for Disease Control. "Somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians a year die of influenza and its related complications", according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, adding that "Those numbers are controversial because they are estimates."
For the past 29 years, Brittany Maynard has lived a fearless life – running half marathons, traveling through Southeast Asia for a year and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. So, it's no surprise she is facing her death the same way.
Saying that electronic health records distract doctors, take time away from care and make physicians less productive, an influential doctors’ group called on vendors and government agencies to work with them to develop better, easier-to-use technology.
People in this one-stoplight farming town really want their hospital back. The July 1 closure of Vidant Pungo Hospital, which gained national attention through Mayor Adam O’Neal’s 273-mile protest walk to Washington, D.C., is a constant refrain here. People gossip about it over dinner at the Fish Hooks Cafe, or during the Tuesday night bluegrass and gospel music open mic night, held just down the street from the vacant hospital.
The equipment, facilities, protocols for Ebola- Hemorrhagic fever need to be error proofed from the get go.
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Liz Di Bernardo