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What I know about Charles Denham

What I know about Charles Denham In 2010 I wrote a post entitled: “Praying with Chuck Denham.” Yesterday evening before bedtime I began receiving emails from various leaders in the patient safety movement who read that post and knew of my work with Chuck.  They had questions about a January 9, 2014 article by Jonathan Stempel in Reuters stating:  “CareFusion Corp agreed to pay $40.1 million to settle a federal government lawsuit accusing it of paying kickbacks to boost sales of a pre-surgical skin treatment, and marketing the product for unapproved uses. The accord announced on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice resolves allegations that CareFusion violated the federal False Claims Act by paying $11.6 million to a doctor to promote its ChloraPrep product to healthcare providers. That doctor, Charles Denham, received the kickbacks while serving as co-chair of the safe practices committee of the nonprofit National Quality Forum, which…

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Time to Spin

Today is January 7 and this day is known as Distaff day.  Other than my friend Julia Cooper, I doubt very many of you will celebrate this day in its traditional way.  Today is the day we leave the Christmas holiday behind us and pick up our work tasks again. Imagine a world where people carry devices wherever they go.  Whether you are a pauper or princess, this is a world where people rarely go out socially without their technology close at hand.   The line between work and personal life is hopelessly blurred. You cannot even take your kids to the park without pulling out your device and following the most recent thread.  Does this sound like our wired society? I thought so last January when I first wrote about Distaff Day. Well, I am actually describing the world of the average woman in the Middle Ages.  Back then every…

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Dying with a Time Stamp: a story in status lines

My dear friend Ted Eytan once asked me,  “When are you going to name names? When are you going to tell people the names of the hospitals?”  I responded that I already did that as it was happening.  Everything was posted in real time with a timestamp.  I was very thankful when Facebook came out with its timeline; now you could see everything that happened without endlessly scrolling through page after page.  Today I compiled the most pertinent status lines of the last year of Frederick Holliday’s life.  You can see interesting patterns when you scroll the days of a life. The first person Fred ever spoke to on Facebook was Christofer. The last person Fred ever spoke to on Facebook was Christofer. They were the best of friends, but so were the many other friends that graced Fred’s comment field.   You can see Fred and I loved our…

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Gown of Tears

“A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.” Dune ~ The First Law of Mentat, quoted by Paul Atreides to Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam The man spoke to me with a smile and a quizzical look, “Were you really crying up there on stage?”  I assured him I was crying during my speech.  He just laughed and I looked over at Amy Edgar.  A knowing look passed between us.  He doesn’t understand.  He doesn’t understand the pain; nor the tears of pain remembered.   But Amy does. I met Amy Edgar in Vancouver at Collaborating Across Borders IV conference.  She lives in Pennsylvania and works at Cedar Crest College.  She is an assistant professor of nursing. I am sure there are many stories she could tell from the world of nursing, but this painting…