Swine flu more severe than last year16th December 2010
Doctors have warned that the swine flu outbreak could be more severe than last year.
The warning comes as the current death toll in the UK reaches 15 with more than 100 patients in intensive care with suspected swine flu.
Over the last 10 days, hospitals have seen a surge in cases with the north-west worst affected with five deaths including that of a 32-year-old mother of two from Liverpool who was being treated for asthma.
The north-east is also facing a scenario that is potentially worse than last year with a rise in H1N1 swine flu.
Worst affected patients are being treated on Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machines to aid breathing with units at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, the Royal Brompton in London, Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS trust, University Hospitals of South Manchester, and Glenfield Hospital in Leicester on standby.
Bob Winter, president of the Intensive Care Society and a consultant in Nottingham, said: "Something different is happening this year. The last 10 days have seen a sudden surge of activity. The numbers in intensive care are increasing across the UK. We have told the Department of Health that this is emerging as a serious issue.
“We suggested the groups convened last year for swine flu critical care planning should be reconvened. The disease seems disproportionately severe.”
NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson said the NHS was well-prepared for the swine flu upsurge while the Health Protection Agency is updating the number of deaths on a weekly basis and monitoring the situation.
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Wednesday 22nd December 2010 @ 21:23
you say the NHS is well prepared they weren't last year my son went into hospital, with 2 aspirations and because they didn't treat him with antibiotics he got swine flu from in the hospital, his lungs failed his kidneys failed and a third organ was failing, he had a DNAR put on him against our wishes, they then wanted to stop his treatment because they said it wasnt helping my son, my son is alive today because of the dedication at brompton hospital team, not my local hospital who gave up on him and couldnt be bothered to help him anymore, and now a year later what have they leaned? nothing, there are not enough ITU beds, not enough infection control in our hospital, we were never told my son had swineflu we found this out when he was transfered to brompton they took a swab it came back as swineflu, our local didnt tell us and we were visiting a childrens ward taking swineflu all round the hospital when they was a pandemic, but our local dosent swab for swineflu we were told because IT WAS NOT THEIR POLICY, so what is the NHS hospital policy for control of swineflu then could some one enlighten me on this my local is BLACKPOOL VICTORIA HOSPITAL who do not SWAB for SWINEFLU just incase you happen to go to their A&E with a sore throat or having problems breathing they will probably tell you its just a virus and send you home so be careful when entering this hospital please wash your hands and if any one sneezes near you in this hospital RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
Thursday 5th May 2011 @ 14:25
@ Eileen Hughes.
How would antibiotics have helped your son? The last I understood H1N1 is a "virus", not a bacterial infection! So not only would antibiotics NOT have prevented your son from contracting H1N1, but it would NOT have helped even if they knew.
With the greatest respect, this does appear to be a very over the top assumption.
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Title: Swine flu more severe than last year
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 17063
Date Added: 16th Dec 2010