Dreamer, Do-gooder, Do-er

Not to disparage anyone, but I do have a reaction to do-gooder work, of which I also partake: much of it seems futile. For example, the number of websites I find presenting great ideas for community development and sustainability – like anyone looks at independent websites anymore. As most of us realize, it’s now all… Continue reading Dreamer, Do-gooder, Do-er

Making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out.

A study of preventable hospital deaths in the U.S. offers an estimate of just over 22,000 per year, much lower than previous estimates (General Internal Medicine, 2020). Drill down and you will find many reasons for these deaths, e.g. medication administration errors, surgical errors, and equipment and device failures. Hospitals do track certain issues and… Continue reading Making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out.

Two Cents More

Re Hudson Solar: until we clearly track the factors that make up this storied tale – what are they? storm water runoff, mud slides, broken habitat, tree removal? – what we have is a hodgepodge of credible and questionable data and narratives, culminating in even more reactions (including this one). That’s right, “tracking factors” or… Continue reading Two Cents More

The Importance of Being Relevant

What’s important? Is it pedestrian safety (at the famous “Dummy Light” intersection of Old Post Rd S, and Grand)? Or other problem intersections? Bicycling on village streets (“Slow Down Croton”)? How about the condition of sidewalks? Or solar installations like at the Hudson National Golf Club – yikes! As Billy Joel intoned, “It’s still rock-and-roll… Continue reading The Importance of Being Relevant

Magic Wand

I have been proposing a community risk management process (CRM) for Croton for some time now, and recently met with a village official. At one point in our conversation I heard, “If I had a magic wand…” I realized that this expression accomplishes something besides conveying sympathy and regret. It gently puts an end to… Continue reading Magic Wand

How Hospitals and Accreditation Organizations Lie – Reporting 100% Maintenance Compliance of Medical Equipment No Matter What

It’s not a fun subject. No sexy alarmist headlines to see, no Tweets or Facebook Likes: YOUR HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE IS ON SCHEDULE AND OUT OF DATE! But this is true for many healthcare institutions. Hospitals reporting 100% compliant are probably not inspecting all their medical equipment on time. Inspecting equipment 100% on time is… Continue reading How Hospitals and Accreditation Organizations Lie – Reporting 100% Maintenance Compliance of Medical Equipment No Matter What

Why local community government needs to practice risk management.

The Surfside Florida building collapse has offered up for view several areas of responsibility: the condo board, a consulting engineer’s report, various city officials, plus someone identified as a chief building official who in November 2018 apparently stated that, irrespective of any engineer’s report, the building appeared to be “in very good shape.” I am… Continue reading Why local community government needs to practice risk management.

Losing With Facts

Trying to win with facts is like a boxing match using pillows instead of boxing gloves: you and your opponent will likely score a lot of points, but so what. Not that debating with facts is bad. But you probably think your issue, whatever it is – political, social, environmental – makes the most sense.… Continue reading Losing With Facts