Influenza: Critique of the contemporary challenges for pandemic planning, prevention, control, and treatment in emergency health services

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Title Influenza: Critique of the contemporary challenges for pandemic planning, prevention, control, and treatment in emergency health services
Author Patrick, Jennifer; Shaban, Ramon Zenel; FitzGerald, Gerry
Journal Name Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic was a major challenge to health services around the world. Previous experiences with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Avian Influenza A (H5N1) prompted initiation of formal pandemic planning. Essential and desirable features of pandemic plans include preparation for surveillance, investigation of cases, treatment modalities, prevention of community spread, maintenance of essential services, research and evaluation, and implementation, testing and revision of the plan. The experience of 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic for emergency departments and their staff was problematic. The pace of the pandemic, coupled with untested pandemic plans, presented a unique range of challenges. In this paper, the contemporary challenges with respect to pandemic influenza prevention, control, and treatment are examined. The lessons learned are critical to our response to future pandemics, which are inevitable.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aenj.2011.03.001
Volume 14
Issue Number 2
Page from 108
Page to 114
ISSN 1574-6267
Date Accessioned 2011-06-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care); Public Health and Health Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41162
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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