Ohio hospital gets CDC recognition

Emergency Management Alert, October 7, 2008

The Akron Regional Hospital Association in Akron, OH recently received high praise from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its  pandemic flu plan. The CDC has expressed interest in refining the plan and using it as a model for other communities, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Officials at the Akron hospital have been working on the detailed plan for the past three years. The CDC recognized that the hospital has done a better job than most by bringing together all of the public health agencies in the community. Some of their ideas include:
  • Creating a call-in center so people can get questions answered without flooding the hospital
  • Opening a site specifically for severely ill flu patients, to contain the disease
  • Moving any non-flu patients so they are not exposed
  • Setting up triage sites away from the emergency room
  • Using a mobile facility
  • Using outpatient offices to distribute vaccines and medications
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