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Home Health Care Tips

by: Grace RN

Thu Nov 15, 2007 at 20:57:28 PM EST

Home health nurses are quite adept at "improvise/adapt/overcome" strategies-exactly what we'll need during a pandemic dealing with goodness knows what type of medical issues and shortages at home.

So let's ask our homecare friends for their tips and shortcuts, ie for a draining wound-what to do if there are no large absorbent bandages available?

A good-and cost effective-alternative is to use ladies maxi-pad type feminine napkins.

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Home Remedies

by: KathyinFL

Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 10:39:40 AM EST

To discuss the options that may, or may not, help during a pandemic which are primarily considered "natural," "homeopathic," or a "home remedy."
There's More... :: (23 Comments, 53 words in story)

Revisiting the CDC’s Pandemic Influenza Rationing Plan

by: The Doctor

Thu Dec 14, 2006 at 20:28:36 PM EST

An analysis of the US CDC’s current ration plan for scarce antiviral drugs and vaccines used for treatment of pandemic influenza raises important questions about the logic and appropriateness underlying the assumptions used to develop the policy. The CDC’s priority list is very similar to the one they recommend for use during seasonal influenza, a tame and very different beast by comparison to pandemic flu.  Its use for seasonal flu is well thought out and entirely appropriate because it targets those at greatest risk and with the most to gain from influenza vaccination.  During normal times, the influenza vaccine stocks are sufficient for everyone on their recommended list to receive inoculation with usually enough left over each year for healthy adults and children who want one.  The list used for seasonal flu is not designed for rationing scarce resources during an emergency.  It is a recommendation issued by the CDC to consumers and doctors about who should be vaccinated against influenza each year.  When these recommendations are followed, there is good medical evidence that this policy provides the most benefit to the greatest number of people, a goal that is in everyone’s best interest. 

A major problem with the current plan is that it fails to protect those at greatest risk from pandemic influenza and therefore is an inappropriate use of limited resources. 

There's More... :: (6 Comments, 3645 words in story)

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