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Update on H1N1 activities

Posted Nov 10th, 2009

Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Centres

NHS Emergency Rooms (ER) and Urgent Care Centres (UCC) saw a 23 percent overall increase in patient volumes yesterday as compared to the daily average in September; 632 patients yesterday compared to the September daily average of 512.

An additional 38 patients were seen in the Flu Assessment Centre, for a 31 percent overall increase of ER, Urgent Care and Flu Assessment Centre visits. Of the 670 patients seen in the ERs, UCCs and Flu Assessment Centre, 37 per cent of patients, or 248 patients, presented with flu symptoms.

“Although the number of people with flu symptoms is leveling off in the community at large, it is reasonable to expect our patient volumes to continue to go up and down in our ERs, UCCs and Flu Assessment Centre for the next week or so,” says Anne Atkinson, Vice President Patient Services.

People should only go to the FAC if they have minor flu symptoms – fever, dry cough, sore throat, mild vomiting, diarrhea, headache, body/muscle aches. They should go to the ER or call 911 if their condition is more serious.

Inpatients and Intensive Care Units

Most of the patients with flu-like illness are not critically ill. In most cases, these patients are treated and discharged and have not required hospitalization. There are currently 
46 inpatients with confirmed or suspected H1N1 flu.

Postponement of elective surgeries

Some elective inpatient surgeries were postponed today due to the number of patients requiring hospital treatment and the number of staff calling in sick. Endoscopy procedures and all day surgeries proceeded as scheduled.

The hospital continues to reassess daily the need to make changes in order to respond to the increase in demand for care due to the prevalence of flu symptoms and respiratory illness in our region. 

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Caroline Bourque Wiley
Consultant, Public Affairs
905-378-4647, ext. 43113

Niagara Health System