skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Nurses Say Hospitals Aren’t Ready for Swine Flu

Audio

Aired 8/27/09

The California Nurses Association says many hospitals aren't prepared for an outbreak of swine flu. The nurses union says a number of hospitals don't have the proper masks to protect staff.

Video
Video unavailable. Read transcript below.

Above: County of San Diego Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten talks about swine flu, and the county's plan to manage the pandemic if it returns this fall.

— The California Nurses Association says many hospitals aren't prepared for an outbreak of swine flu. The nurses union says a number of hospitals don't have the proper masks to protect staff.

A nationwide survey by the CNA shows large gaps in safety equipment and infection control training in hospitals. The survey reveals 15 percent of hospitals don't have respirator masks for staff.

CNA board member Geri Jenkins, who works at UCSD Medical Center, says her hospital doesn't have enough isolation rooms.

"And so we do have concerns about what kind of provisions they're going to make if we have a big influx of patients, because they're going to have to come up with a way to isolate these patients," says Jenkins.

UCSD officials say they have contingency plans if isolation is necessary. They say their hospitals adhere to the highest infection control standards.

Related

Panel Calls H1N1 'Serious Health Threat'

Border Disease Surveillance Program Beefs up for Swine Flu

S.D. Health Officials Confirm Another Swine Flu Death

Please stay on topic and be as concise as possible. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Community Discussion Rules. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus