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Monday, September 17, 2007

On the blogs: Storrow Drive, endangered white coats

On Running a Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy strays from hospital administration to consider Storrow Drive, once envisioned as a parkway but now a heavily traveled route in need of repair. He digs back to his days in what he calls the "infrastructure arena," when he was commissioner of public utilities under Governor Michael Dukakis, directed the Arkansas Energy Department under Governor Bill Clinton and then ran the cleanup of Boston Harbor for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. After a chat with fellow MIT alum and former transportation secretary Fred Salvucci, he offers what he thinks might work, for both the Longwood and MIT sides of the Charles.

"Opportunities like this come along but rarely, and I think we should ask the question: Do we need Storrow Drive?"

Across the pond, the BBC reports that the days of the traditional white coat may be numbered. Cuffs can carry infection and make it difficult for doctors to properly wash their hands and forearms, so as of next year, the long-sleeved coats will have no place in hospital care, the story says. That goes for long-sleeved shirts, jewelry and watches, too.

"I'm determined that patient safety, including cleanliness, should be the first priority" of every National Health Service organization, British Health Secretary Alan Johnson said.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 12:36 PM
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