2009-10-29 / Features

Flu Concerns Prompt Precautions At Pa. Hospitals

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Some Pennsylvania hospitals are increasing staff and taking precautions because of swine flu concerns.

Emergency room registration and waiting areas at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have been expanded because of increased H1N1 cases. More staff is also available.

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has also added staff to deal with an influx of emergency room patients _ although Dr. Christopher Haines says most of them are “relatively well.’’

At Erie’s Hamot Medical Center, Dr. Russ Bieniek (BY’-nik) says emergency room visits are up about 30 percent, from about 200 to about 260 daily, with about 70 to 80 patients reporting influenza like symptoms.

Hamot is also giving staff and patients masks to help combat the illness.

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