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Hawaii scores an F in national report card

By Erika Engle


Hawaii is among 13 states given an "F" for disaster preparedness by emergency physicians as part of a national report card.

The annual rating by the American College of Emergency Physicians gives the nation overall a D+ for what it called the country's failure to support emergency patients.

"Congress and President Obama must make it a national priority to strengthen the emergency medical care system," said Dr. Alex Rosenau, ACEP president, in a statement.

Along with Hawaii, other states graded with an "F" were Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Montana, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

"Everyone hopes that their communities would perform as well as Boston did after the Marathon bombing, yet nearly half the states received either D's or F's for Disaster Preparedness, which is alarming," Rosenau said.


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awahana wrote:
I was in Straub ER 3x last year. Horrid. Even neighboring patients were complaining. And most of the staff have their heads buried in the computer screen.
on January 16,2014 | 06:41AM
Slow wrote:
Go to Queens, You do not have to go to a "horrid" place 3 times. I wouldn't. Of course you didn't understand the article. It was not about individual experiences.
on January 16,2014 | 08:07AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Yes, and expect a bigger tab as Queens was shown to charge many times more than other hospitals for similar procedures.
on January 16,2014 | 09:00AM
jess wrote:
You get what you pay for. Lucky I live on the Windward side... the staff at Castle is amazing!
on January 16,2014 | 09:37AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Actually, if you are covered by insurance, it doesn't matter what their charges are.
on January 16,2014 | 03:49PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
If you read the report, it actually praises Hawaii for several things: high percentage of people with health insurance, low rates of chronic disease and fatal injuries, measurable improvements in terms of quality of care and patient safety. Hawaii is ninth best in computerized practitoner order entry (which helps prevent medical errors & speeds up communication between care providers). What contributed greatly to its low grade despite all those good things is the closing of both Hawaii Medical Center and Hawaii Medical Center West, which leaves it very vulnerable to insufficient response during times of disaster, especially because the West Campus had the second highest emergency room traffic in the state (next to Queen's, which is a trauma center).
on January 16,2014 | 02:37PM
Mike174 wrote:
Well, of course they are so busy stuffing money in their pockets they can't even take care of the infrastructure like sewage or garbage...
on January 16,2014 | 07:03AM
JAFO wrote:
IRT Mike174: Good one, Just say it like it is!
on January 16,2014 | 07:16AM
Slow wrote:
Uh, right. Apparently you posted your dribble under the wrong story. Makes no sense.
on January 16,2014 | 08:08AM
markat wrote:
The problem is that ERs have turned into socialized doctors offices for the masses.
on January 16,2014 | 07:15AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Hmmmm....Obama states of Hawaii and Illinois both on this list?
on January 16,2014 | 07:16AM
Slow wrote:
Ou rmedical umpreparedness has nothing whatsoever to do with Obamacare. It is the fault of Donald Trump and the Tea Party. ANd Norm Chow. Mostly Norm Chow. Fire Norm Chow and all our problems will be gone.
on January 16,2014 | 08:09AM
Graham wrote:
You forgot to include GWB....
on January 16,2014 | 01:32PM
ehrhornp wrote:
Norman Chow the football coach? I can see blaming GW before Norm Chow.
on January 16,2014 | 03:37PM
busterb wrote:
Good, tell Rosenau and all of his friends stay home.
on January 16,2014 | 07:45AM
Slow wrote:
Darn right. We don't need no "experts" telling us nuttin. We are fine. Remember total Oahu gridlock when we thought a tsunami would be coming out of the south. Full uses stuck in traffic on Al Moana Blvd. Had a sizable hit we would have seen how prepare we are. So put your head carefully back in the sand, busterb, and go back to sleep. No planning needed here. What could happen?
on January 16,2014 | 08:14AM
ehrhornp wrote:
We are toast if a real emergency hits. Hawaii has been lucky. Not sure how much longer luck hold out.
on January 16,2014 | 03:39PM
pcman wrote:
Hawaii used to exercise its emergency disaster preparedness for a plane crash. At that time hospital readiness and availability are tested. Why don't they test emergency physician readiness at the same time?
on January 16,2014 | 08:37AM
MakaniKai wrote:
We should be #1 in disaster preparedness; our geographical isolation should motivate our local government to ensure we can take care of ourselves and not whine and cry until the feds show up. Each family/individual should be prepared and have an emergency plan. We currently have a sizable amount of the current population that has never been through a hurricane in the nei; I have Iwa and Iniki. Those two hurricanes happened when the population on Oahu was not even near what it is today. A natural disaster in Hawaii is not a matter of if but when – Wake up. Take care of yourself and family cuz da hooligans in the Hale and Square Building are focused on our money.
on January 16,2014 | 09:10AM
kekolohe wrote:
Disaster preparedness is only one of the things in the report. The categories are: Access to emergency care: F (C in 2009) Quality/Patient safety: B- (D in 2009) Medical liability: D (C in 2009) Public health/injury prevention: A (A- in 2009) Disaster preparedness: F (C in 2009) http://www.emreportcard.org/
on January 16,2014 | 09:10AM
wn wrote:
No surprise...
on January 16,2014 | 10:14AM
ehrhornp wrote:
How sad. Considering that Tonga was just hit by a hurricane, are we going to be hit 6 months from now?
on January 16,2014 | 11:36AM
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