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|Title:||Management of an influenza outbreak at a residential facility.|
|Authors:||Hurley, James C.|
|Place of publication:||London|
|Publication Title:||Journal of Infection Prevention|
|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.|
|Internal ID Number:||00011|
|Health Subject:||HEALTH SERVICES|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Output|
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