Archives for October 1, 2009

How Dell Childrens’ is dealing with H1N1

Sounds like quite well, really:

Third flu tent opens at Dell Children’s as volumes stay high

By Mary Ann Roser | Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 11:34 AM

Statesman.comDoctors and nurses are now seeing patients in a third tent outside the emergency department at Dell Children’s Medical Center to handle steady high volumes of children complaining of flu.

Two tents, which went up Sept. 21 after swine flu cases spiked at the hospital, have proved to be “awesomely efficient,” hospital officials said, with the average patient being treated and sent home in about 30 minutes. The third opened today….

In the past 24 hours, the ER saw 353 patients with more than 70 percent with flu or flu-like illness, according to Seton.

That’s quite a sensible thing to do.  Keep the contagious respiratory viral illness out of the ED, where there are patients who don’t have it, but may be immunosuppressed, etc.

Good for Dell Childrens!