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9/11 reminds hospitals and communities to check preparedness

Hospital Safety Insider, September 15, 2011

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A September 1 report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that significant public health improvements were made shortly after the 9/11 attacks, including clear emergency response plans, and effective disease surveillance systems.

However the report also shows that public health efforts have been losing effect over the past decade, mainly due to budget cuts. One concern is the medical system’s inability to treat a massive influx of patients in an emergency, including during pandemics such as the H1N1 flu pandemic.

Source: American Medical News



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