posted on Jun, 5 2009 @ 05:56 AM
I see alot of statements saying that the nurses and doctors can gown-up, get into hazmat suites, isolate patients.
Sorry this isn't realistic. Most hospitals only have a couple isolation rooms.
Here in the U.S., Healthcare is a business. Businesses are there to make money. Why would a hospital want to put one person in a room, when they can
point 2 in. If a hospital only had 10 isolation rooms, then what happens to all the other people in an area.
Other considerations are the nurses & the staff. If they have to gown-up to take care of you, it decreases there productivity. Why? Becuase they have
to gown-up, then gown-down after each patient in isolation. Where you had a nurse taking care of 8 patients, now there taking care of 3. Meanwhile you
have 1000's more patients coming in. There is literally just not enough staff, not enough resources to take care of patients in a pandemic.
The last place you want to be in a hospital. If there is a pandemic, stay home. Drink fluids, and get rest. If your old. Don't take the Damn
anti-virals, because you are taking them from the young. If you are going to die, then die.
If I was a hospital administrator in a pandemic, I wouldn't treat anyone over 50. I would reserve the anti-virals for children and young adults, that
had healthly lifestyles.
If you smoke, your not getting them, because realistically, even if the flu didn't kill you, the neumonia would.
You have to remember in a pandemic, there will not be enough resources, staff, or facilities. Take a queue from history. Those that isolate themselves
miss the flu, or get it after the pandemic is over.
Just my 2 cents, but the hospital is the last place you want to be. Additionally as my wife is an ER nurse, thats the last place I would let her be.
The priority will ALWAYS be the familiy, followed by friends, then community, then strangers.
I can definately see me keeping my wife home.