Data from 190 Healthcare Facilities in Nine States from California to Maine

A patient health and safety survey of 190 American hospitals from coast to coast compiled by registered nurses in nine different states finds that a disturbing number of our nation’s healthcare facilities are not prepared for the coming H1N1/swine flu pandemic, according to results released today by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. 

The data reflects a survey conducted over the past four weeks by RNs in hospitals in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  And it comes just a day after release of a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology predicting nearly 2 million Americans could be hospitalized due to swine flu infections this winter, and as many as 90,000 could die, nearly triple the deaths that occur in a normal flu season.

What the RNs reported are wide gaps in safety gear, infection control training, and post-exposure procedures.  Among key findings:

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Afganistan
•  A/H1N1 virus spread among soldiers (Link)

Australia
•  Aussie swine flu outbreak ‘yet to peak’ (Link)

Brazil
•  Brazil confirms eight more deaths of A/H1N1 flu (Link)

Canada
•  H1N1 flu claims seventh Albertan (Link)

China
•  Hong Kong’s confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases exceed 10,000 (Link)

Dominican Republic
•  Dominican Republic confirms 3 new A/H1N1 flu deaths (Link)

India
•  14 more test positive for flu (Link)
•  Swine flu kills nine more, India toll 75 (Link)

Indonesia
•  Indonesia: child dies from H1N1. 28 positive cases (translated) (Link)

Ireland
•  GP Calls For Schools Closure (Link)

Kuwait
•  Kuwait reports fourth swine flu death (Link)

Malaysia
•  Penang, Malaysia cancels National Day parade
to curb A (H1N1) flu spread (Link)

Romania
•  Swine Flu Numbers Up in Romania (Link)

Russia
•  Russia reports 211 swine flu cases (Link)
•  Russia to begin testing of vaccine from swine flu in early Sept. (Link)

South Africa
•  South Africa aims to produce own H1N1 flu vaccine (Link)

Sweden
•  Four Swedes With Flu Complications (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Doctors warn of swine flu chaos  (Link)

United States
•  Agency Urges Caution on Estimates of Swine Flu (Link)
•  LA: Nietzsche is Dead: Swine flu shouldn’t mean less class for students (Link)
•  IN:School Grapples With Confirmed H1N1 Case (Link)
•  Swine Flu on campus- Texas Christian University (Link)
•  Columbus, GA: Flu bug hits local schools (Link)
•  Nebraska Reports Second H1N1 Death (Link)
•  Massachusetts: Let the sneaky swine flu law passing commence (Link)
•  GC&SU, Milledgeville Ga, 5 suspected cases sent home (Link)
•  CO:  Pueblo Charter school reports 72 sick kids (Link)
•  PA: Carnegie Mellon– 18 students may have swine flu (Link)
•  LA: Flu Fears Spread As Students Suffer Symptoms (Link)
•  AL: H1N1 cases spreading, numbers not reported by ADPH (Link)
•  CA: Swine flu reported at Woodcreek (Link)
•  Georgia colleges see swine flu cases rise  (Link)
•  CA: First death in Mendocino County (Link)
•  NM: Clusters of Influenza-like illness expected in schools (Link)

General
•  Company Cleared To Test Swine Flu Vaccine Fighting Off Liquidation (Link)
•  Swine flu doesn’t change cleaning habits (Link)

Research
•  Hong Kong researchers unveil new flu therapy(Link)
•  Bird Flu Leaves The Nest (Link)
•  Urgent Swine Flu Research At Nottingham, UK (Link)
•  H1N1 vaccine trials pushed back (Link)
•  Swine flu hits healthy 40-year-olds hardest (Link)

Commentary
•  Three Months in Hell (Link)

 

 

 

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