January 10, 2013


Flu:  Putting People First

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

Flu season has a way of reinforcing just how critical emergency planning and patient safety policies are to hospitals in meeting the needs of patients and communities. In many communities hit hard by the flu, hospitals have implemented surge capacity plans specifically tailored to meet local requirements, which may include delaying elective admissions, discharge of surgical cases to other settings for care and conversion of nursing units to "infectious disease" units; some have even set up tents where they triage flu patients outside of the emergency department. We are very encouraged that so many hospitals have adopted policies that require either influenza vaccination or wearing a mask in the presence of patients across health care settings during flu season. This flu season, hospitals are once again demonstrating their commitment to the health and well-being of their patients, their staffs and their communities..

Thanks,
Rich

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