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Increasing Out-of-Hospital Regional Surge Capacity for H1N1 2009 Influenza A Through Existing Community Pediatrician Offices: A Qualitative Description of Quality Improvement Strategies

Cruz, A.T., Tittle, K.O., Smith, E.R., and Sirbaugh, P.E.. (2012). Increasing Out-of-Hospital Regional Surge Capacity for H1N1 2009 Influenza A Through Existing Community Pediatrician Offices: A Qualitative Description of Quality Improvement Strategies. (Abstract only.) Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 6(2):113-116.

This article discusses communication, interventions and coordination of community resources for low-acuity pediatric patients and their families as a mechanism to increase community surge capacity during the H1N1 pandemic and for future disease outbreaks. Strategies to support access to primary medical home practitioners include increasing clinical staffing, longer office hours and identifying additional office space can help to mitigate surge on local emergency centers.
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