March 25 Flu UpdateThe New York Times on one of the key questions of all...who will get ventilators during a pandemic.
But in an epidemic, there could be a severe shortage of machines and, more important, doctors and nurses to run them. At that point, the new report says, doctors and hospitals would have no choice but to start taking some people off the machines so that others could live.
Removal “is absolutely the crux of the problem,” said a lead author of the study, Dr. Tia Powell, who has spent much of her career studying medical ethics. “There are people who might survive who won’t get a chance at a ventilator if someone who is likely to die even with a vent is using it.”
Don McNeill of the New York Times also writes on what is going on in Indonesia.
The US is launching a flu stockpile in Thailand.
CIDRAP on the Asian stockpile, which makes some sense (especially if you believe in the containment strategy) and has been talked about for a long time.
Indonesia details bird flu losses in financial terms.
Apparently, another outbreak in West Bengal.
Outbreak in West Bengal continues to have impact.
CIDRAP on the recent flu exercise at CDC.
"What we recognize is that in the midst of a large event, there's a tyranny of the urgent that overcomes the groups, where there's a constant need to respond and react," Jernigan said. "And we felt it was vitally important to have a group of people that were removed from the constant pressure of the urgent so they could have a thoughtful approach to the development of policy on the fly."
Revere blogs on what is going on in Indonesia--once again, they are doing the right thing in the wrong way.
Germany says it is bird flu free. Who asked?
Orlando paper says we are overdue for a pandemic--likely a disaster.