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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Feb;34(2):200-6. doi: 10.1086/669094. Epub 2012 Dec 21.

Hospital infection prevention and control issues relevant to extensive floods.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Thammasat University Hospital, Pratumthani, Thailand, 12120. anapisarn@yahoo.com

Abstract

The devastating clinical and economic implications of floods exemplify the need for effective global infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies for natural disasters. Reopening of hospitals after excessive flooding requires a balance between meeting the medical needs of the surrounding communities and restoration of a safe hospital environment. Postflood hospital preparedness plans are a key issue for infection control epidemiologists, healthcare providers, patients, and hospital administrators. We provide recent IPC experiences related to reopening of a hospital after extensive black-water floods necessitated hospital closures in Thailand and the United States. These experiences provide a foundation for the future design, execution, and analysis of black-water flood preparedness plans by IPC stakeholders.

PMID:
23295568
DOI:
10.1086/669094
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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