LVH Sets Up Separate ER for Flu Patients

An influx of patients suffering from flu-like illness has prompted Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest to set up a mobile tent outside the emergency department to treat patients.

In one of the worst flu outbreaks in years, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township will open a separate emergency room Tuesday, Jan. 8 for patients experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The hospital has set up a mobile tent outside the ER to handle an additional influx of patients suffering from flu-like illness, it said in a news release issued Monday.

Patients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should still report to the main ER entrance for triage, a hospital spokesman said.

St. Luke’s University Health Network's six emergency rooms is currently seeing about 20 patients a day with flu-like symptoms but does not see a need to expand patient capacity at this time, said Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, chief of infectious diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control said the 2012-2013 flu season, which typically runs October through May, is shaping up to be a bad one and the strain may be more virulent. Jahre said this flu season is worse than the previous two, which were particularly light, but not the worst he has seen.

In Pennsylvania, the flu season was off to an early start and was considered widespread in the last half of December, according to the state Department of Health. 

In Pennsylvania, there were 7,181 flu cases and four deaths reported from Oct. 2 to Dec. 29, according to the state Department of Health. Lehigh County reported 355 flu cases and Northampton County reported 328 flu cases for the same period. The health department will report updated numbers on Jan. 8.

Influenza—more commonly known as simply "the flu"—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads via infected people coughing, sneezing or talking, though people can also get infected by touching something with the flu virus on it before touching their mouth, eyes or nose.

Symptoms of the flu include muscle or body aches, headache, cough, sore throat, fatigue, fever or chills, and vomiting and diarrhea (the latter two are more common in kids). The flu can also worsen chronic medical conditions or cause death.

Jahre urged those who have not gotten a flu vaccine to get one – particularly the elderly and children – and those who are often in contact with them.

“It is absolutely not too late to get the vaccine,” he said.

Carl Stevenson January 08, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Yes, sheeple, line up for your ineffective, mercury and aluminum laden dose of government approved poison. Also, don't forget to drink lots of that government fluoridated water. (Fluoride is very poisonous, and ingesting it has no benefit and many adverse effects, but Prozac and most other psychiatric drugs are fluoride compounds, so it must be good for you, right?) Stop buying the bunk about "herd immunity" and start thinking and researching this stuff, instead of succumbing to "herd mentality."
tamarya January 08, 2013 at 05:25 PM
So they set up a tent for the flu, but someone can come into the hospital with meninigitis, or flesh eating bacteria, or alot of other diseases that would be best if not spread and I am sure alot more people would not want to get, however they offer the flu shot, which the strain is covered that is going around, but the flu people they will keep seperated so other people will not get a virus that goes away in a week that you wouldn't even get if you got the shot to begin with. I know me and my kids got the shot and were exposed to the flu and did not get the flu.
StGabes January 08, 2013 at 06:06 PM
That's exactly it, they do it every year at LVH-CC & LVH-M. I work @ LVHM and the tent is always empty with a couple people here and there but they blow it up way bigger then it needs to be.... Remember the big bad H1N1 BULLSHIT!!!! What a hoax this flu shit is..... I am so sick and tired of it..... The best is we get emails from infection control who gets emails from the Department of Health telling us how bad it all is..... Can you say fear mongering? Sick and tired and plain fed up with all the lies!!!!
Carl Stevenson January 08, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Healthcare providers are being pushed by the government (through $ from medicare/medicaid) to push vaccines on their staffs and patients. If they don't meet their "quota" they get dinged on reimbursements.
Patch McCracken D.O. Gastroenterologist January 08, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements??!!!! Nah --- oUhhhh! They told me to get vacine so i can display tag that states "I got Vaccinated, <s>so I don't have to wear a blue mask.</s>" err "meant because I care." oh well at least I can bypass the tent of flu patients spreading it to maybe has it patients by stating "I dont have to go in there, I got the shot." to the person outside the main ER, diverting flu rule outs to the tent who doesn't exist. No its better we let you sit in the waiting room with everyone else without a SSN to get primary <s>the D stuff</s> care and cough as much as possible to help get the germs out over taxpayers as well, prior to reporting to the TENT. It all makes the most sense just to cut core staff, so next year build an easier financed giant campaign sign to hang up right after Black Friday, "All Persons with Flu-Like Symptoms, Please Check in at the NICU desk" if noone is there to buzz you in due to staffing cuts, just act like your tying your shoe till another enters/exits with proper clearance. at this point please feel free to use as many recieving blankets as tissues.


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