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Who would think that a normally healthy woman would die so swiftly from influenza in June? Could you ever have imagined such a thing? No wonder her family and friends are in shock. So why did... Read More

  1. by   indigo girl
    I was thinking of doing the flu clinics also. They are going to need lots of help.

    They are still battling it out at the IOM meeting going on in Washington about whether or not we should use surgical masks or N95.
    I have to say that nobody has yet come up with solid reasons for why we are not using the N95. The excuse of saying that you can get the disease in the community is not a good reason to deny that level of protection at work.

    There has been plenty of testimony that surgical masks were not designed to protect you. That is what the N95 does. And, just because staff don't want to use it, is not a good reason either.

    I am getting very disgusted listening to some of what is being said. They will wrap up the meeting and make their recommendations for us this afternoon when they return from lunch. This will run until 5PM today.

    Listen in if you can. They are deciding your fate, so to speak...

    http://video.nationalacademies.org/r...adcast/live.rm
    Last edit by indigo girl on Aug 13, '09
  2. by   CrunchRN
    I wish i could listen at work, but I have subject visits. Thank you so much for keeping us updated and please give another one at the end.
  3. by   indigo girl
    Dunnedin, New Zealand

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/storie...8/1245c2150e08

    Sounds like their first wave is ending in New Zealand. These seemingly random deaths of otherwise healthy people are strange, but sometimes occur even with seasonal flu.

    Quote from www.radionz.co.nz


    A Dunedin woman has become the 15th person to die in New Zealand from swine flu.

    The Ministry of Health says the 30-year-old had no underlying medical conditions and died on Sunday.

    The ministry says the number of people going to the doctor with flu continues to fall, providing further indication that the swine flu pandemic is abating.

    There are 20 people in hospital with swine flu or its complications, 11 of whom are in intensive care and nine in general wards.
    Western Australia

    http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-n...0818-eoxu.html

    Quote from news.theage.com.au

    A 37-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy, both of whom died in Perth hospitals this month, have succumbed to the virus while having no underlying medical conditions.
    Northern Ireland

    http://www.4ni.co.uk/northern_ireland_news.asp?id=98212

    Quote from www.4ni.co.uk

    The victim was from the east coast and it is believed that he contracted the influenza virus from another person in Ireland.

    ...it is understood the victim did not have an apparent underlying health condition, as has been the case in most other deaths.
    (major hat tip to pixie at pfi for the info on all of these cases)
    Last edit by indigo girl on Aug 19, '09
  4. by   indigo girl
    Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

    http://www.mvtimes.com/marthas-viney...h1n1-death.php

    Quote from www.mvtimes.com

    A 26-year old Martha's Vineyard resident who died August 14 is the first confirmed H1N1-related death on the Island, and the 11th death in Massachusetts, according to state public health officials.

    Canisters at several local stores ask for donations to transport Mr. Barbosa's body back to Brazil for burial.
    The man, Elton Barbosa of Oak Bluffs, died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after he was transported off the Island earlier last week. He was a native of Brazil and worked on the Island as a painter, according to several acquaintances.

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed the H1N1-related death on Monday. In a press release, DPH said the victim had no known underlying health conditions, but released no other information about the case. "Every death from flu is tragic, but it is even more so when it involves a young person," said DPH Commissioner John Auerbach. "This case is also a reminder of how serious influenza can be, and why we are focused so intently on preparations for the upcoming flu season."
    (hat tip flutrackers/windwalker)
  5. by   indigo girl
    Pretoria, South Africa

    http://www.news24.com/Content/World/...rst_H1N1_death

    This is yet another very difficult story to read...

    Quote from www.news24.com

    A father from Pretoria has spoken about his grief after his daughter died of H1N1 flu earlier this week.

    "My baby girl was right all along, she didn't make her 21st birthday," said Christo Pretorius, 52, from Andeon, east of Pretoria, on Wednesday following the death of his daughter Annique, 20.

    "This thing is getting to me. You wonder why it wasn't rather one of us older people. I had a pink coffin made for her, and the money I would have spent on her 21st birthday will now pay for her funeral."

    The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed on Wednesday that Annique was the first H1N1 flu death in Gauteng, and the seventh fatality in the country.

    According to Pretorius, she had no underlying illnesses.
    (hat tip flutrackers/dutchy)
  6. by   misswoosie
    Quote from indigo girl
    hampshire, uk

    http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/4536361./

    i believe that by transferring her for special equipment, it meant that she needed ecmo. glenfield hospital in leiscester is an ecmo provider.

    another difficult photo to look at...



    (hat tip pfi/pixie)
    the exact cause of her death has yet to be established but madelynne had been diagnosed as having swine flu by southampton doctors and had been prescribed the drug tamiflu.

    heavens-they aren't saying it was swine flu that killed her.remember the gp who died who had "no pre-existing conditions" but turned out he had had a massive pe and had a heart problem?
    she has been in tenerife since june.there could be allsorts going on, not just swine flu.
    i would love to know how many people that have died had beed treated with tamiflu.
    a few weeks ago in the uk we were diagnosing swine flu over the phone and dishing out tamiflu like smarties!
  7. by   oramar
    Quote from indigo girl
    I was thinking of doing the flu clinics also. They are going to need lots of help.

    They are still battling it out at the IOM meeting going on in Washington about whether or not we should use surgical masks or N95.
    I have to say that nobody has yet come up with solid reasons for why we are not using the N95. The excuse of saying that you can get the disease in the community is not a good reason to deny that level of protection at work.

    There has been plenty of testimony that surgical masks were not designed to protect you. That is what the N95 does. And, just because staff don't want to use it, is not a good reason either.

    I am getting very disgusted listening to some of what is being said. They will wrap up the meeting and make their recommendations for us this afternoon when they return from lunch. This will run until 5PM today.

    Listen in if you can. They are deciding your fate, so to speak...

    http://video.nationalacademies.org/r...adcast/live.rm
    I have not heard anyone say that the HCWs that died got it at home. I do believe they all got it from a flu victim that was admitted.
    Last edit by oramar on Aug 20, '09
  8. by   indigo girl
    Waimate, New Zealand

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/heal...nks-to-connect

    It's just flu...

    Quote from www.stuff.co.nz

    Timaru Hospital confirmed yesterday that the 43-year-old mother, in a serious but stable condition, was transferred to Auckland Hospital's intensive care unit on Tuesday night after having been in intensive care for nearly three weeks.

    A source close to the patient said one lung had failed and only half of the second lung was functioning.

    The mother of four was first taken to Timaru Hospital on Saturday, August 8 with flu-like illness and a high temperature. She was given antibiotics and discharged.

    Later that day her partner rang for an ambulance and she was driven back in from Waimate.

    Swine flu was confirmed and she was placed in intensive care. She is believed to have no underlying health problems.

    "She has only just started responding to medication which has helped her blood circulation. She is now clear of swine flu but it has basically eaten away at her organs," the source said.

    "She has been communicating by blinking. The family are hoping she will be getting a lung transplant."

    South Canterbury District Health Board would not comment on the patient.
    (hat tip flutrackers/gennief)
  9. by   indigo girl
    http://www.dailymercury.com.au/story...-days-in-coma/

    Actually, this is about someone who survived. Fooled you! He had no prior existing conditions to explain what happened to him. The article does not say whether or not he was given Tamiflu initially although his GP suspected swine flu, but did not test him as he was not in a high risk group.

    It is nice to hear a story of survival in these random cases of severe infections in otherwise healthy people.

    Quote from www.dailymercury.com.au

    DANNY Dempsey spent 15 days in an induced coma in the intensive care unit of Mackay Base Hospital battling life-threatening swine flu complications. Unable to breathe alone the 48-year-old father of three was hooked up to a ventilator.


    On Saturday, August 1, Danny travelled 700km from his home town of Malanda, near Atherton, via Cairns and Townsville hospitals in helicopters to Mackay Base Hospital because there were no vacant intensive care unit beds in North Queensland. Earlier that week he had begun to feel the onset of mild flu-like symptoms.

    He visited his GP who suspected swine flu but no tests were taken because Danny didn't fall into any of the vulnerable category groups. After five days of bed rest Danny's condition began to worsen and on Friday night he was admitted to Atherton Hospital which marked the start of his 15 days in an induced coma.

    Barbara said once it was confirmed Danny had swine flu, she couldn't accept the possibility that her husband of 25 years was not going to make it.

    Danny said the past month had been a blur. “When I woke up from the coma I was in a daze,” he said.

    “I had lost 13 kilograms and missed out on my birthday.

    “At the moment I am focused on getting my strength back so I can be discharged and return home to see my children.”

    Danny said his close call with death had made him realise how precious life was.

    “I am deeply thankful to the staff at the Mackay Base Hospital for helping me recover. They have been excellent,” he said.
    Reformatted.
    (hat tip pfi/pixie)
  10. by   oramar
    Quote from indigo girl
    http://www.dailymercury.com.au/story...-days-in-coma/

    Actually, this is about someone who survived. Fooled you! He had no prior existing conditions to explain what happened to him. The article does not say whether or not he was given Tamiflu initially although his GP suspected swine flu, but did not test him as he was not in a high risk group.

    It is nice to hear a story of survival in these random cases of severe infections in otherwise healthy people.


    Reformatted.
    (hat tip pfi/pixie)
    It just shows you we are not helpless. People that would have died 50 years ago can now make it if medical interventions are prompt and proper.
  11. by   indigo girl
    Scotsboro, Alabama

    http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletim...920.xml&coll=1

    Quote from www.al.com

    Eleven-year-old Alex Garcia of Scottsboro led his soccer team to an 8-1 win Saturday in Huntsville.

    But Alex, recalled by his family as a "nonstop" youngster who was a tough competitor on the soccer field, grew gravely ill over the weekend and died Monday morning.

    State health officials said they suspect swine flu was the cause of his death, but they did not announce any test results for the novel H1N1 virus Tuesday. It was not immediately known if Alex had an underlying medical condition that might have contributed to the severity of his illness.
    http://www.waff.com/Global/story.asp?S=11035936

    Quote from www.waff.com
    WAFF 48 News has confirmed with Dr. Jim McVay of the Alabama Department of Public Health that 11-year-old Alex Garcia that died earlier this week tested positive for swine flu.
    Alex died Monday morning at Highlands Medical Center after being hospitalized over the weekend.
    http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/09/...d_novel_h.html

    Quote from blog.al.com
    Judy Smith, an administrator of public health with the department, said today she did not know of any other health problem that could have contributed to Garcia's death.

    Jackson County Coroner John Jordan said Garcia's family has requested an autopsy. That will be performed by a private pathologist, Jordan said.
    (news sources hat tip flutrackers)
    Last edit by indigo girl on Sep 17, '09
  12. by   indigo girl
    Nashville, Tennessee

    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/se...parents-alert/

    This child's two sisters also have flu symptoms but the family is being told that they do not have H1N1 although their brother just died from it. All I would say is that testing is not reliable. Look at the history here. Their sibliing just died of swine flu. Geez!

    Quote from www.knoxnews.com
    The death of a 5-year-old Nashville boy who had the H1N1 virus has put parents on alert to look for the slightest signs that their child might be sick.

    Max Gomez, who was a student at Henry Maxwell Elementary School in Antioch, became ill Friday and was admitted to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt on Monday. He died the same day. The state testing lab confirmed Wednesday that the boy had the H1N1 virus.

    An initial autopsy did not indicate other health problems, though results will not be final for another 60 days.


    (hat tip flutrackers/dutchy)
  13. by   nkochrn
    Reading these stories is making me want to lock myself in my house and not come out until it's over! There has been an outbreak of flu in a school about 15 minutes from my house. Haven't seen it in our hospital yet, but we're preparing for it! Not sure if it's just in kansas, but the cases of flu that are being seen are not even being tested for H1N1 unless the patient is hospitalized. They are testing for Influenza A and B though.

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