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Swine Flu: How a Hospital Prepares for Patients

Medical Author: Benjamin C. Wedro, MD, FAAEM
Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Practice makes perfect in most walks of life. From sports to music, from school to trades, the opportunity to practice an activity develops skills that get better and better with each repetition. So it goes for hospitals and disaster drills, practicing to care for large numbers of potential victims. Whether it is a natural disaster with numerous injured patients or a medical crisis such as the swine flu (now being referred to as the H1N1 influenza) in the spring of 2009, the people that staff a hospital need to be able to react when a surge of patients arrives at the door.