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TheDay.com, New London, CT
Dr. Clifford Stirba, infectious disease specialist at The William W. Backus Hospital, speaks Wednesday with Robin Heard, nurse epidemiologist, about concerns for avian flu.
...One of the issues that most concerns Dr. Clifford Stirba, infectious disease specialist at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, is how hospitals would cope with a sudden inrush of patients.
Economic pressures have forced hospitals to become streamlined to the point that they have virtually no excess, or "surge" capacity.If 30 patients showed up at the Backus Emergency Room one day sick with avian flu, the hospital wouldn't have enough respirators or intensive care beds, and neither would most any other hospital, he
"We wouldn't even be able to take care of the first day," he
said. Stirba and Robin Heard, nurse epidemiologist at Backus, gave a public education talk last week about avian flu.
said people shouldn't be apathetic toward warnings about avian flu, because, unlike some other disaster scenarios, this is one that history showed in 1918 can and probably will happen again.
was overcrowded during the 1918 pandemic," Stirba
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,There,s still a great pool of people who don,t know they are infected,, said Dr. Clifford Sterba, chief of the Infectious Disease Clinic at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich.
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Earlier this year, Dr. Clifford Stirba, principal investigator for this clinical trial at Backus, had heard about the medication and awaited the possibility to join the Early Access Program.
The William W. Backus Hospital - Backus holds forum on Avian flu and SARS
Dr. Clifford Stirba, an Infectious Disease Specialist on the Backus Hospital Medical Staff, and Robin Heard, a Nurse Epidemiologist at Backus, will discuss the issues on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the main lobby conference rooms at Backus Hospital.
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Clifford D. Stirba,MD