Disaster/Pandemic preparedness - page 20

I was looking the the other Disaster/Pandemic thread that Florida1 started. She mentioned that after the hurricanes, that they had problems getting basic supplies and food stores were often closed... Read More

  1. by   indigo girl
    A Reminder from the UK

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2008/0...r-from-uk.html

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com


    This blurb in Nursing in Practice about a Q&A session in the House of Lords about a possible pandemic reminds us that a pandemic is likely to be a long-term event.

    It won't be over in a week, or a month, or perhaps, not even in a year.
    Pandemic Video: Business Not As Usual

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2008/0...-as-usual.html
  2. by   Laidback Al
    During a pandemic, or any kind of major emergency, lines of communication will be disrupted. FLA_MEDIC reviews the utility of hand held, battery operated FRS radios for family and neighborhood communication.

    In my continuing look at simple solutions that could be applied during a pandemic, or other crisis, today we turn to emergency communications using FRS radios.
    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2008/0...nications.html
  3. by   indigo girl
    Pandemic Challenges For Hospitals

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/2/10/83415/3883

    Quote from www.dailykos.com
    (hat tip croftsblog)

    Problems like pandemics, surge capacity and disaster preparation do not go away by ignoring them. Hopefully, by putting some of these issues in perspective, we can better appreciate the time, dollars and energy spent on mitigating that which cannot be stopped. At the same time, we can appreciate the efforts being made by your public health people which, if invisible, are still none the less remarkable. And finally, we can appreciate how strained the current health system is... it would not take much these days to push things over the edge, despite the remarkable resilience the health system has shown.

    The ability to flex up in something this large is severely limited, which is why the emphasis has to be on home care rather than hospital care, wherever possible (something the Feds have been slow to explain and teach)...

  4. by   indigo girl
    The Rise Of Grassroots Preparedness Organizations


    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2008/0...paredness.html

    Quote from /afludiary.blogspot.com


    Last summer the HHS (Department of Health and Human Services), led by Secretary Michael Leavitt, embarked on a plan to encourage citizen's groups around the nation to help their communities prepare for a pandemic.



    Recognizing that the job was simply too big for government to handle, they called in community leaders from all across the nation to a Pandemic Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.


  5. by   indigo girl
    Grassroot Preparedness Group Showing the Way

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2008/0...des-again.html

    Don't know how to prepare your family? This group can help.
  6. by   sharona97
    Quote from indigo girl
    Grassroot Preparedness Group Showing the Way

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2008/0...des-again.html

    Don't know how to prepare your family? This group can help.
    Great post. Really encourages us as HUMANS to be concerned about serious matters and leave the rest behind. Thank You indigo girl.

    Sharona
  7. by   indigo girl
  8. by   indigo girl
    Getting the Right Combination of Strains in the Seasonal Flu Vaccine

    This year, they guessed wrong:

    http://www.scottmcpherson.net/journa...rotection.html

    And for next year, here's the scoop:

    http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2...ell-who-n.html
  9. by   sharona97
    Quote from indigo girl
    Getting the Right Combination of Strains in the Seasonal Flu Vaccine

    This year, they guessed wrong:

    http://www.scottmcpherson.net/journa...rotection.html

    And for next year, here's the scoop:

    http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2...ell-who-n.html
    Indigo Girl:
    Hope this post finds you well and settled. Thanks for the blog leads. The directions for ORS are invaluable.

    Miss Ya,
    Sharona
  10. by   sharona97
    Quote from Ayrman
    I find myself wondering how many people who have bothered to read this thread have actually undertaken ANY sort of preps.

    The federal government in particular, and to a lesser degree various state and local governmental bodies have been promoting preparedness for.... well, for whatever, up to and including an infectious disease pandemic, for several years now. But how many people have actually listened and taken the messages to heart?

    Ayrman
    Our family has, and with laidback al's input along with indigogirls's input, my favorites box is full, full, full,. We had an epidemic of whooping cough 7 years ago in our community. Jr. High students were effected mostly, I caught the virus and enen though there was knowledge amongst the local docs and public health, I still went undiagnosed for 4 months. I, myself will never underestimate the possibilities arising that could include the USA on a pandemic level. Of course it's easier to slam Nurses week, than to be informed about a potential life-threatening outbreak. IMO
  11. by   indigo girl
    Quote from sharona97
    Indigo Girl:
    Hope this post finds you well and settled.
    Thanks, sharona. I am well though far from settled. I am just thankful to
    have internet access again...
    It's been a difficult transition, but it could have been worse. Glad to be back.

    Much thanks to Laidback Al for covering this information on Thread 3 as well.
    I am very grateful.
  12. by   Student4Life23
    Hi all! I'm currently a nursing student in a disaster preparedness course. I was just curious to know if anyone could give me information on the ICU nurse's role. Links to relative websites, journals, or even the names of any books would be GREATLY appreciated!
    Thanks!
  13. by   Laidback Al
    Quote from Student4Life23
    Hi all! I'm currently a nursing student in a disaster preparedness course. I was just curious to know if anyone could give me information on the ICU nurse's role. Links to relative websites, journals, or even the names of any books would be GREATLY appreciated!
    Thanks!
    I am sure someone else can give you some information on a nurse's role in ICU, because I am not a nurse. But I am interested in general preparedness for a pandemic.

    One of the big concerns for HCW should be a severe influenza pandemic. Based on my limited understanding of the hospital and medical facilities, there is not nearly enough PPE to cover any immediate surges, much less a patient onslaught with a 30%+ AR from a pandemic. Certainly a high CFR will only make the situation worse. There will be not be enough ventilators within a few days once a pandemic strain strikes locally. In such a situation, home health care by family and friends will be the ONLY viable solution. While you are getting professional training as a nurse, most people providing home health care during a pandemic will not have that training and background.

    Where There is No Doctor was originally written more than 20 years ago to help farmers with no medical experience cope with medical issues in a remote area in northern Mexico. Today, this book is still valuable to help lay people understand medical issues and provide limited first aid to sick people without immediate access to a doctor. This book is available for purchase, but the publisher, Hesperian Foundations, makes it available for free, online, as pdf files. They also have other on-line books such as, A book for Midwives, Where There is No Dentist, etc.

    If you believe that your family and friends will be taking care sick people once a pandemic starts, you should have these individuals read, copy, and save these online books for future reference.

    Link to online books: http://www.hesperian.org/publications_download.php#wtnd

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