Pandemic Flu Guidelines for Emergency Medicine

The response to any disease outbreak must be an integrated effort involving the entire medical community. The (Emergency Department) ED environment presents its own unique set of variables, owing to the diverse mixture of often non-specific signs and symptoms, a high risk of exposure from resuscitative and other invasive procedures, and the EDs vital role in limiting transmission by maintaining a high index of suspicion, sequestering high-risk patients, and strictly adhering to clearly defined infection control measures.