This weekend the kids and I had our influenza immunizations. There is always a difficult lead up as Oliver has severe anxiety around every medical procedure. An EKG (painless heart rhythm test) and a throat swab cause extreme fear and often tears and anything with a needle, well, let’s just say that’s on a whole different level of terror and emotional pain. I remind myself that his anxiety is a normal response ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 17, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Confusion Clouds U.S. Ebola Response. As officials from Washington to Atlanta to Dallas sift through the rapidly changing flow of information regarding treatment of Ebola in the U.S., the first Dallas nurse infected with Ebola will be transferred to a high-level treatment center in Bethesda, Md.
  2. Ebola: Emory to ...

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As Ebola spreads, what can we do to help? Last week, after dinner, as I was rinsing the dishes, I casually mentioned to my wife, "I spoke with the volunteers at Doctors Without Borders today, and they need help." This was before the first case of Ebola was diagnosed on U.S. soil. A pregnant silence fell in the kitchen except for the clattering of dishes and the boiling of water as ...

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Nurse Nina Pham is a hero: Stop blaming her The director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia apologized for implying that the nurse in Texas was responsible for her own infection with the deadly Ebola virus. This comes less than two weeks after hospital officials from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and other prominent officials blamed a different nurse for releasing the patient with Ebola from the emergency ...

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Ebola in Texas: A fascinating story of system errors Ebola is in the United States!  Everybody (please don't) panic!  Quarantine all Texans!  Though that might be a good idea anyway (just kidding).  More on Ebola in general in another post if I have time. First off though, we've found out more information about the sequence of events leading to the hospitalization of the patient, Thomas Duncan.  Apparently, he came ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 15, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Ebola: Are Community Hospitals Up to the Task? With the announcement that a nurse in Dallas contracted Ebola while caring for an infected patient in a community hospital, calls are increasing to treat the disease only in centers specializing in treatment of highly contagious and highly virulent diseases.
  2. Unneeded ...

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See Ebola through the eyes of the virus As you no doubt know, Ebola has been brought to the U.S. Predictably, this has resulted in a media feeding frenzy, rumination, recrimination, and the familiar blend of hyberbole and hysteria that tends to populate those infamous 15 minutes during which any given crisis holds our attention. No, we are not suddenly at risk. As the media coverage spells out, the ...

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An ER missed Ebola.  Heres how it could happen to you. How did the emergency department staff of a Texas hospital see, and discharge, a patient infected with Ebola? Despite the fact that blame spreads through hospitals faster than hemorrhagic fever viruses, I’m not interested in pinning down a single person, or a single thing, which may have allowed that to happen. I am very interested, however, in offering a few insights ...

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Thousands of people have travelled from West Africa to the U.S. in the last 6 months.  While the CDC and others throughout the Obama administration continue to reassure everyone that the U.S. is 100 percent prepared for an outbreak,  potential cases and exposures continue to surface all across the country. In Dallas, the first confirmed case of Ebola has passed away.  Even more concerning is the fact that the patient initially ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 14, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. ID System Reduces NICU Errors. Mistakes made when entering clinical orders in one hospital's electronic medical records system were reduced after implementation of a unique naming system to reduce confusion and miscommunication in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
  2. Clinicians Explore EV-D68, Paralysis Link. The mysterious cases of acute ...

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