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A Survey of Emergency Department 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Surge Preparedness—Atlanta, Georgia, July–October 2009

David Sugerman, Kelly H. Nadeau, Kathryn Lafond, Wendy Cameron, Karl Soetebier, Michael Jhung, Alexander Isakov, Ian Greenwald, Karen Neil, Stephanie Schrag and Alicia Fry

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 52, issue suppl_1, pages S177-S182
Published in print January 2011 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2011 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciq035
A Survey of Emergency Department 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Surge Preparedness—Atlanta, Georgia, July–October 2009

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During August through September 2009, a surge in emergency department (ED) visits for 2009 pandemic influenza A (pH1N1) illness occurred in Georgia, particularly among children. To understand surge preparedness and capacity, we obtained influenza-like illness (ILI) ED visit data from the Georgia State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (SendSS) and conducted a retrospective, Internet-based survey among all 26 metro Atlanta ED managers with reference to the period 1 July–1 October 2009. SendSS detected a marked and progressive increase in mean monthly ILI visits from 1 July–1 October 2009, which more than tripled (from 399 to 2196) for the 2 participating EDs that cared for pediatric patients during this time. ED managers reported patient volume surges, resulting in space and supply limitations, especially at pediatric EDs. Most (92%) of the facilities had current pandemic influenza plans. Pandemic planning can help to ensure preparedness for natural and man-made disasters and for future influenza pandemics.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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