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- The next major pandemic is likely to be due to influenza.
- In an infectious disease pandemic, the hospital resource most at risk for inadequate supply is staff.
- In an infectious disease pandemic, it is recommended that triage be established outside the hospital emergency department.
- Protocols should be developed to guide distribution of intensive care unit (ICU) beds and life-support equipment.
- Psychologic support may be necessary to staff during and after a pandemic event.
The threat of pandemic infectious disease lurks quietly beneath the surface of everyday hospital operations and society at large. Moments of panic inspire waves of planning and preparedness activities as new pathogens and mutations pose transient threats. But in the wake of the immediate danger, these moments compete with full hospital beds, a 24/7 news cycle, and any number of demands for clinicians’ and…
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