Archive for the 'Disaster' Category

Ebola

This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series WordsLet’s suppose it is 1980. Suppose someone shows up in your ED with a fever, and a history of travel to an area with a new plague characterized by fever. The nurse has heard about this on the news, asks the patient about travel to the area, and gets […]

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Diversity

This entry is part 3 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 3 of 43 in the series WordsRedundancy vs. diversity Redundancy with a stock of identical parts to replace failed components is a standard way to make industrial processes more reliable. For an ED mission-critical computer system, which needs to be up and running 24/7/365, one way to implement this is to […]

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Robustness

This entry is part 2 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 2 of 43 in the series WordsRobust. My dictionary defines it as ro·bust, adj. 1.strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous: a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind. 2.strongly or stoutly built: his robust frame. 3.suited to or requiring bodily strength or endurance: robust exercise. 4.rough, rude, or boisterous: robust […]

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Brittleness

This entry is part 1 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 1 of 43 in the series WordsThe Whorf-Sapir hypothesis says that our language shapes our thoughts. (Recently, there was a segment on NPR news about how important dinnertime was for kids, mostly because the discussion is a great place to learn new words and concepts.) So here’s a vocabulary word to […]

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