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    Over the past few weeks, experts have begun to search for ways to overcome the weaknesses in the response to the outbreak of h1n1. These weaknesses include poor communication, coping with new strains of the flu, understanding the symptoms, and proper treatment. The CDC has discovered that rapid tests used by hospitals to determine if a patient has the h1n1 are proving to fail over half the time in detecting h1n1. They have since begun to research rapid tests with higher sensitivity. There have also been inadequacies with the protocols and equipment used to protect healthcare workers from acquiring the virus while on the job. With an outbreak expected late September, and vaccines unavailable until mid to late October, what are you doing to protect you, your family and your department?

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelausp View Post
    Over the past few weeks, experts have begun to search for ways to overcome the weaknesses in the response to the outbreak of h1n1. These weaknesses include poor communication, coping with new strains of the flu, understanding the symptoms, and proper treatment. The CDC has discovered that rapid tests used by hospitals to determine if a patient has the h1n1 are proving to fail over half the time in detecting h1n1. They have since begun to research rapid tests with higher sensitivity. There have also been inadequacies with the protocols and equipment used to protect healthcare workers from acquiring the virus while on the job. With an outbreak expected late September, and vaccines unavailable until mid to late October, what are you doing to protect you, your family and your department?
    Well, I think I'll wash my hands and wear gloves when I contact patients. If they cough they get a mask. Not all that difficult.

    It is the flu for crying out loud. Influenze kills about 30,000 per year in the United States. This past Spring was ridiculously stupid. Take some Tylenol for the fever, keep yourself well hydrated, and IF that fails then seek further hospital care - although this is a rare necessity if you are properly taking care of yourself.

    While I am a fan of vaccines, people put too much stock in them - especially an influenze vaccine. The annual influenze vaccines are barely adequate given our ability to travel the world literally in a day. They are based on what epidemiologist and Infectious Disease specialists THINK might be the next strain, combined with recent strains. Nevermind the mutations of viruses and bacteria that occur in the world in the span of mere months.

    If people are clean, aggressive, and aware of what is going on there is little to worry about.
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    We had EMT con-ed yesterday. The subject was Bloodborne Pathogens, and obviously we spent a lot of time talking about H1N1.

    One glaring fact was the CDC's recommendation to NOT make people over 64 a priority for receiving the H1N1 vaccination. Under the rules in place when the class outline was designed, Medicare doesn't have an allowance to pay the fee for this vaccine.

    News posted in the last hour indicated they're changed that.

    Last week, our County EMS was very close to implementing an emergency staffing plan designed to keep the system operating if a pandemic/epidemic takes out to many field medics. It calls for putting the healthy ones on a 24/24 scale until others get better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txgp17 View Post
    Last week, our County EMS was very close to implementing an emergency staffing plan designed to keep the system operating if a pandemic/epidemic takes out to many field medics. It calls for putting the healthy ones on a 24/24 scale until others get better.
    So they are TRYING to make the healthy ones sick. You boys in Greensboro are a hopping group and you guys working 24 hour shifts is downright looney.
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