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Are we prepared for a global pandemic?

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Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

middleagednurse

Specializes in nurseline,med surg, PD. Has 50+ years experience.

What kills me is I mentioned this enterovirus to my PD patient's other nurse, and mother, and neither had heard of it. Do people live in caves devoid of all media? How can you look out for something is you know nothing about it?

MassED, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

I'm surrounded by nurses I work with who are blissfully unaware too. It frustrates me to no end.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

Are we ever?

MassED, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

Are we ever?

Are we ever blissfully unaware?

lifelearningrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 7 years experience.

How can we prepare? I think people are 'doomsday' weary, after the Y2K scare, the swine flu, SARS, bird flu (that never materialized) etc. etc. that turned out to be not such a big deal, people are growing complacent. I think that cities are doing their level best to prepare (I know Houston has lots of drills and programs trying to prepare) and I think in general, we are better prepared for pandemic than ever before in history, but people would do good to prepare in their homes by stock piling food, water, medications and supplies, so in the event of a true catastrophe, they'll be prepared to wait it out at home.

MassED, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

I agree

MassED, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

Boy how this discussion is even more relevant today, just two weeks later....