In case you're not sure how well-prepared healthcare workers feel when it comes to a possible avian flu pandemic, this survey of primary care physicians by Pri-Med Research should eliminate any doubts:
- Fewer than one in five primary care practitioners believe they are adequately equipped today to treat infected patients. Over 50% express little or no confidence in the government's ability to manage a flu pandemic at the local, state, federal or international level. 91% of practitioners surveyed also feel that the current availability of anti-viral medications is inadequate to meet an avian flu crisis. A substantial majority would rely on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and their local public health authorities for guidance in responding to any outbreak.
If you're interested in responding to this particular needs assessment, check out this article I wrote about disaster preparedness training. And please invite my primary care physician to attend.