A survey of nurses in the US reveals a stunning lack of preparedness in our hospitals to handle a major infectious disease outbreak. The survey conducted by National Nurses United (NNU) indicates our front-line health care safety net is not ready. As reported in Infection Control Today, 85% of RN respondents stated that they … Continue reading US Hospitals Unprepared for Ebola
My dad read clouds. He had no training in meteorology, but he could tell me when it would rain or be nice. His heritage as a farm boy helped turn his eyes to the sky. He was not the biggest of the four kids, but he was still expected to work out in the fields. … Continue reading Weather Watching
Hurricane Katrina proved to be an epic lesson in preparedness. From the individual level all the way to the highest levels of the federal government, failures to plan and mitigate ended in disaster. We are still learning lessons from that terrible storm in August of 2005. A recent book, Five Days at Memorial by Sherri … Continue reading A Lesson for All of Us
Daylight savings time is upon us. Yes, it's time to perform our semi-annual adjustment to watches and clocks. Are you ready to scramble your body clock again? It is no wonder that accident rates rise after our fall and spring time-change rituals. But it is also time to maintain one of the most important safety … Continue reading It’s that time again!
Why does contingency and continuity planning seem to be a back burner issue? You may not live in an earthquake or storm threatened area, but disasters take many forms. Your plans should take into account all potential hazards natural and human caused. Natural disasters capture the headlines, but a break in colony health is a … Continue reading New Approaches to Vivarium Disaster Planning Help Preserve Valuable Research
"A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own." - Latin Proverb In Texas we would say that a dern fool can't even learn from his own mistakes. As in, "That dern fool got hisself thrown in jail. Again!"