H1N1 2009 influenza (human swine influenza): A descriptive study of the response of an influenza assessment clinic collaborating with an emergency department in Australia

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Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, ISSN: 1574-6267, Vol: 13, Issue: 3, Page: 46-52

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10.1016/j.aenj.2010.03.001; 10.1016/j.aenj.2010.08.320
Ranse, Jaime; Lenson, Shane; Luther, Matt; Xiao, Lily
Elsevier BV
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In June 2009, the World Health Organisation elevated their pandemic index indicating that the spread H1N1 2009 influenza was global. Many emergency departments (EDs) implemented strategies to divert patients with influenza-like symptoms, such as having separate triage and treatment areas. The establishment of influenza assessment clinics (IAC), also known as fever clinics, was a common strategy to achieve this diversion and separation. Calvary Health Care ACT (Calvary Hospital) established an IAC, supported predominately by ED nursing staff, as a strategy to enhance the health response capacity to H1N1 2009 influenza.