I finished a much busier than usual week at work after taking the first week of October off for the ACEP Conference. Well worth the trip.
Our ED has been overrun with influenza victims and volumes are going up significantly. Many patients with influenza and respiratory distress have been admitted to the ICU. We routinely get multiple patients in a row registering to be seen for fever/cough/sore throat/body aches. I ask every patient if they have received their flu shots. Only two patients out of many dozens had done so. Lots of patients are sitting in the waiting room coughing all over each other. If you don’t have the flu coming into the ED, you’ll have it by the time you leave.
One other thing about the flu – if you are going to get vaccinated, do so soon. Many places in our region are running low on seasonal influenza vaccine (H1N1 vaccine is just starting to be distributed). Don’t wait for an appointment a month away to get the seasonal flu vaccine – there might not be any vaccine left.
Working on several posts now. Going to do a Healthcare Roundup Double Feature. One part – exclusively about influenza – will be posted over at ER Stories, and the other will be posted here. Will try to have them up later today.