Local Hospitals Ready With Swine Flu Plans

POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 7:45am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 10:29pm

Local hospitals are readying themselves to deal with cases of swine flu. Las Palmas Medical Center says people are walking into the ER with flu-like symptoms thinking they have swine flu. The hospital says don't panic. Just because you have the symptoms doesn't mean you have swine flu.

Chief nursing officer Caryn Iverson says her hospital is ready with disaster plans should swine flu hit the Sun City but so far that hasn't happened.

So what should you do if your feeling sick? "If it's just the typical flu symptoms stay home. If you cough, cover your mouth," said Iverson.

Since there's no cure for swine flu, the hospital can only treat the symptoms until you get better. But Iverson says if your symptoms are severe, don't hesitate to see a doctor. "They should come to the emergency room if they start vomiting or diarrhea, if their fever is over 101, there's an issue going on. Those are the ones we want to see," said Iverson.

Patients experiencing flu-like symptoms can get a flu test. Results take 20 minutes. If the flu test comes back positive, more tests are needed to see if it's swine flu. And while the ER has seen a few more patients, it's nothing the hospital can't handle. "The biggest time that it will get unmanageable is when they really get scared and our job is to calm those fears," said Iverson.

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