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Flu Danger in Nursing Homes

A new study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that an influenza pandemic would be disastrous for United States nursing homes. Apparently, nursing homes are ill-equipped to fight the infection on a large scale. The study examined 400 homes and discovered that only 23% of those have a developed pandemic influenza plan. While another 25% have an influenza plan that is integrated with the disaster response plan, the study found that such integrated influenza plans were inadequate. All other nursing homes, 52% of the total, had no plan at all. The study deems it necessary for nursing homes to have established plan because in a true emergency, hospitals may be unable to accommodate nursing home residents and, thus, nursing home staff need to be able to act in the same manner that hospital staff would. Read more here.