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NEWS | Resident Care Ask The Care Expert Swine ﬂu could affect 4 in 10 Sherrie Dornberger, RNC, CDONA, FACDONA President, NADONA Americans, CDC forecasts By James M. Berklan Asian Flu pandemic of 1957 as As nurses in skilled care units, we The Centers for Disease Con- a model. An effective vaccine have been coming upon a problem trol and Prevention’s Advisory strategy, however, could curb I never thought we would have. Our Committee on Immunization the effects of the virus’ spread, Practices has issued plans for ofﬁcials say. Photo: iStockphoto residents now who are very ill have several tubes and wires coming from inoculating millions of Ameri- Recent reports from the the resident over the side of the bed. cans against the H1N1 (swine World Health Organization The tubes tend to get tangled, caus- ﬂu) virus. suggest healthcare workers ing the nurses to spend extra time CDC officials estimated Experts believe H1N1 could affect should be among the ﬁrst to to separate them instead of tending that the virus could affect up 2 out of every 5 Americans this receive a vaccine. upcoming ﬂu season. to the resident directly. Do you have to 40% of Americans, many To the relief of long-term any suggestions? more than last season, with a care providers, those 65 and return sweep this winter. that 90,000 to “several hun- older are considered at lesser Starting in long-term care in 1975, The CDC’s 40% prediction dred thousand” Americans risk for infection than younger I never thought I would see the day encompasses individuals who could die of swine ﬂu or swine age groups. But once vaccine when our residents would have as contract the swine ﬂu and the ﬂu-related illnesses over the dema nd a mong you nger many cords, wires and tubes coming number who would likely stay course of the next two years, groups is met, programs and from them as patients in the acute home from work to care for according to an Associated providers should offer vaccina- care facilities. I have had to face that loved ones. Press report. To derive this tion to people 65 and older, the problem myself when recovering from The CDC also predicted estimate, the CDC used the CDC says. ■ a severe illness. I had the oxygen, picc lines, and IVs getting tangled up—the “spaghetti syndrome.” Because I was doing my own picc line care at home, Diagnosing C. Diff. a growing challenge having these all tied up together would make me crazy. By Brett Bakshis stools per day. Study authors Difﬁcile outbreaks
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