Pandemic (H1N1 influenza 2009 and Australian emergency departments: implications for policy, practice and pandemic preparedness.
Gerry Fitzgerald, Peter Aitken, Ramon Z Shaban, Jennifer Patrick, Paul Arbon, Sally McCarthy, Michele Clark, Julie Considine, Julie Finucane, Kerri Holzhauser, Elaine Fielding
Emerg Med Australas | Published : 2012
OBJECTIVE: To describe the reported impact of Pandemic (H(1)N(1) ) 2009 on EDs, so as to inform future pandemic policy, planning and response management. METHODS: This study comprised an issue and theme analysis of publicly accessible literature, data from jurisdictional health departments, and data obtained from two electronic surveys of ED directors and ED staff. The issues identified formed the basis of policy analysis and evaluation. RESULTS: Pandemic (H(1)N(1) ) 2009 had a significant impact on EDs with presentation for patients with 'influenza-like illness' up to three times that of the same time in previous years. Staff reported a range of issues, including poor awareness of pandemic ..View full abstract