Scriven, James and Mcewen, Ruth and Mistry, Sanjay and Green, Chris and Osman, Husam and Bailey, Mark and Ellis, Christopher (2009) Swine flu: a Birmingham experience. Clinical medicine (London, England), 9 (6). pp. 534-8. ISSN 1470-2118. This article is open access via the publisher website http://www.clinmed.rcpjournal.org/content/9/6/534.longFull text not available from this repository.
By the beginning of July 2009 the West Midlands had seen more cases of novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) than any other region in the U.K. Over a three-week period almost 850 people presented to Heartlands Hospital with flu-like symptoms. Of those admitted 52 adults were subsequently confirmed as having H1N1 infection. Most were younger than 30 and not from traditional influenza risk groups. The main risk factor for severe disease was asthma, and to a lesser extent pregnancy and obesity. Seven patients were admitted to intensive care and five developed an acute lung injury requiring prolonged admission. Two patients required extra corporeal membrane oxygenation and one died. Despite increased workload normal clinical services were unaffected. The hospital was not closed to admissions nor was it paralysed by staff absence. With a predicted second wave expected at the end of 2009, efforts to maintain effective community assessment remain crucial.
|Additional Information:||This article is open access via the publisher website http://www.clinmed.rcpjournal.org/content/9/6/534.long|
|Subjects:||WC Communicabable diseases|
|Divisions:||Clinical Support > Infectious Diseases|
|Depositing User:||Preeti Puligari|
|Date Deposited:||14 Jun 2014 06:38|
|Last Modified:||14 Jun 2014 06:38|
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