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10 Steps You Can Take: Actions for Novel H1N1 Influenza Planning and Response for Medical Offices and Outpatient Facilities

New from the CDC:

It is critical to assure that medical offices and other outpatient facilities (e.g., outpatient/ambulatory clinics, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care centers, physical therapy/rehabilitation offices or clinics) that provide routine, episodic, and/or chronic healthcare services can manage an increased demand for services in the midst of a novel H1N1 influenza outbreak. Ensuring a sustainable community healthcare response will be important for a likely recurrence of novel H1N1 flu in the fall.

1. Develop a Business Continuity Plan
2. Inform employees about your plan for coping with additional surge during pandemic
3. Plan to operate your facility if there is significant staff absenteeism
4. Protect your workplace by asking sick employees to stay home
5. Plan for a surge of patients and increased demands for your services
6. Care for patients with novel H1N1 flu in your facility
7. Take steps to protect the health of your workforce during an outbreak of H1N1 Take steps to protect the health of your workforce during an outbreak of H1N1
8. Provide immunization against seasonal flu at no cost to your staff
9. Make sure you know about the pandemic planning and response activities of the hospitals, outpatient facilities and local public health in your community
10. Plan now so you will know where to turn to for reliable, up-to-date information in your local community

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