Archive for the 'Disaster' Category


This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series Words

Let’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 a “yes.” The nurse not only writes this on the paper […]



This entry is part 3 of 43 in the series Words

Redundancy 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 have a backup server always ready to go, with recent […]



This entry is part 2 of 43 in the series Words

Robust. 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 drinkers and dancers. and full-bodied: the robust flavor of […]



This entry is part 1 of 43 in the series Words

The 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 use and contemplate as you think about ED systems: “brittle.” […]