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Swine Flu Shows Importance of Preparedness

- Public health officials have generally approved of the Obama administration's response to the swine flu outbreak. Many cite the Bush administration's investment in pandemic planning as a key behind the quick response.

Thermal Screening for Flu Symptoms

- In an effort to contain the spread of the new swine flu, the U.S. is doing "passive" surveillance at airports and other entry points.

Europe Urges its Citizens to Forego Travel to Mexico and United States

- The European Union has urged its citizens to forego all nonessential travel to Mexico and the United States as Europe's first infection of swine flu was confirmed in a hospitalized man in eastern Spain, reports The New York Times. (updated)

Public Health Emergency Declared

- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency April 26, 2009, after finding confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A (swH1N1) in California, Texas, Kansas, and New York.

U.S. Hospitals Better Prepared for Medical Emergencies

- Hospitals have stockpiled emergency supplies and medicines, have improved communication systems,conduct more frequent and higher quality disaster exercises, and better coordinate plans with communities. Those are among the findings of a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Negligent Hiring

- A patient who was sexually assaulted by a nurse may pursue her negligent hiring lawsuit against the hospital where the assailant worked. The plaintiff argued that if the hospital had conducted a background check, it would have found that the nurse had been fired from previous jobs for assaulting female patients. A lower court held that the plaintiff could not sue the hospital because the nurse was officially employed by a third party. The California appellate court ruled that the hospital had sufficient supervisory authority over those working at the facility to be held liable for the nurse’s actions. (C.R. v. Tenet Healthcare Corporation, California Court of Appeal, No. B201220, 2009)

State Legislation: Virginia: Immunity

- Virginia lawmakers have enacted a provision (formerly H.B. 403) that grants immunity to healthcare providers who deliver services during disasters. Barring gross negligence or willful misconduct, healthcare providers are immune from civil liability for any injury or wrongful death arising from care or from abandonment during a man-made or natural disaster.

Pandemic Preparedness

- States have made great progress in preparing for bioterrorism, but there’s a level of complacency developing as well. There’s much more to learn in the annual assessment of the country’s preparedness for bioterrorism attacks by the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health.

Pandemic Guidelines

- New guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services prioritize recipients of available vaccines and medicines in the event of an influenza pandemic.

Jihad and American Medicine: Thinking like a Terrorist to Anticipate Attacks via Our Health System

- Dorin's doomsday scenario of a fifth column of jihadist physicians isn't convincing and is of little value to security practitioners.

Pandemic Preparedness

- Financial institutions in the U.S. and the U.K. have plenty of lessons to learn from recent pandemic flu exercises, a new U.S. Treasury report says.

Pandemic Planning for Healthcare Security

- A pandemic may precipitate violence as the sick and their love ones rush to nearby medical facilities. Security professionals and facility managers need to plan in advance for such scenarios. (Online Exclusive)

Private Records

- Health care employees are more a threat to private medical records than outsiders, according to a number of recent surveys.

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