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Title: Management of an influenza outbreak at a residential facility.
Authors: Hurley, James C.
Flockhart, Susan
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Sage
Place of publication: London
Journal title: Journal of Infection Prevention
Volume: 11
Issue: 2
Start Page: 58
End Page: 61
Abstract: Influenza is a highly contagious infection with the potential for outbreaks in residential facilities despite seemingly adequate vaccination levels among residents. The management of an influenza A outbreak in a residential facility for cognitively impaired residents of an Australian regional health service is described. Twenty-five of the residents of a 60-bed standalone facility were affected, with one fatality resulting. As virological confirmation of the outbreak was received late on a Friday, the initiation of antiviral treatment and prophylaxis occurred out of hours. The unanticipated consequences of this out-of-hours management are discussed. The management of an influenza outbreak in a dementiaspecific residential facility requires a specific infection control response which anticipates the ethical issues relating to the care of the cognitively impaired.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11054/24
ISSN: 1757-1774
Internal ID Number: 00011
Health Subject: HEALTH SERVICES
INFLUENZA
OUTBREAK
RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
AUSTRALIA
INFECTION
INFECTION CONTROL
ANTIVIRAL PROPHYLAXIS
VACCINATION
ETHICAL ISSUES
Type: Journal Article
Article
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