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An Argument for the Future Tense

May 29, 2014

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In his excellent book, Thank You for Arguing, author Jay Heinrichs provides a thorough and entertaining view of rhetoric, the art of argument and influencing the future behavior of others.  One of Heinrichs’ key points is:  the most influential arguments are done in the future tense.  Past tense rhetoric is known as forensic; it focuses […]

State Takes Stance on Triclosan

May 23, 2014

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Anti-microbial qualities have been an obsession of consumer goods manufacturers for the better part of a decade.  Part of this drive has been the media’s focus on exotic and potentially deadly pandemics—Ebola, bird flu, swine flu and the like—which seem to grab the headlines every other year or so.  Now it is MERS, and Florida had […]

Biowalls: A Redux

May 22, 2014

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In late 2011, I blogged about a biowall installation in a Drexel University building.  Generally, plant life is not very plentiful in hospitals—despite the indoor environmental benefits they provide like toxin filtering, oxygen production, temperature moderation, and aesthetic / calming benefits to building users. When I discovered the Drexel Papadakis Building biowall 30 months ago, not […]

Workplace (and Hospital) Superstitions?

May 13, 2014

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A surprising statistic and graphic caught my attention while reading the latest Fast Company:  45% of workers engage in superstitious activity at work at least once a day. Superstitious activity ran the gamut from recognized acts like throwing salt over the shoulder (done more often at work than you think, apparently) to routines like wearing “lucky” clothing.  That statistic includes […]

Watson and A.I. in Healthcare

May 9, 2014

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Smart phone applications are great, ever improving in fact, but for healthcare they seem to lack complexity and legitimacy.  By legitimacy, I mean an outstanding mechanism (data base / algorithm) to provide specifically essential and trusted insight.  Emergency Department wait updates are nice, but one-trick ponies ultimately.  And who (hopefully not too many) needs to use the […]

Infection Control Primer, Part II

May 8, 2014

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Infection Control Primer, Part I Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) continue to be an important focus in hospitals from a risk management standpoint, and like biology, they are always evolving.  The infection problems du jour may not be the same ones five years from now.  Regardless, I present the second part to my infection control design and construction primer, […]

Team Selection Costs Everyone

May 7, 2014

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Pursuing work costs any enterprise money—opportunity cost as it is discussed in business.  When a hospital needs ideas from professionals, it costs both the hospital and the professionals money to find each other and complete the business development courtship to win a job, regardless of formalities.  Several past posts have noted how hospitals affect this investment from the […]