I am an RN in a very busy ER in Arkansas. I am curious about the effect the flu is having on other ER's around the country. I work 8 (7-3) hour shifts. Over the last month we have been overwhelmed with patients. This weekend, by 10 am, our waiting room was packed and the wait time was already up to 2-3 hours just to get to a room. (we're a 32 bed ER) We have no flu screens. When the lab does get them in, they get enough to last about 2 days. The docs write Rx's for Tami-flu and flumadine. If the patients can find a pharmacy in the area that is not out of the meds, they are lucky. Thus we are overwhelmed with calls from patients wanting US to find them a pharmacy that has the meds. What concerns me is...........the peak of the flu season has yet to hit! Amazingly enough not a single doc, nurse or tech in our ER has came down with the flu!!