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Volume 13, Number 10—October 2007

Research

Personal Protective Equipment and Antiviral Drug Use during Hospitalization for Suspected Avian or Pandemic Influenza1

Ashwin Swaminathan*, Rhea Martin*, Sandi Gamon*, Craig Aboltins†, Eugene Athan‡, George Braitberg*, Michael G. Catton§, Louise Cooley¶, Dominic E. Dwyer#, Deidre Edmonds*, Damon P. Eisen**, Kelly Hosking*, Andrew J. Hughes‡, Paul D. Johnson*††, Andrew V Maclean‡‡, Mary O’Reilly‡‡, S. Erica Peters§§, Rhonda L. Stuart¶¶, Rodney Moran##, and M. Lindsay Grayson*††***Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Austin Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; †St. Vincent’s Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ‡Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria, Australia; §Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ¶Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; #Westmead Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; **Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ††University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ‡‡Box Hill Hospital–Eastern Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; §§Western Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ¶¶Monash Medical Centre–Southern Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ##Department of Human Services, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ***Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia;

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Table 2

Participating institutions and time patient spent in each area*

Characteristic Hospital
A B C D E F G H I
State VIC VIC VIC VIC VIC TAS VIC VIC NSW
Urban/regional Urban Urban Urban Urban Regional Urban Urban Urban Urban
Inpatient beds, no. 840 320 750 450 400 490 400 400 880
Annual admissions 67,700 40,000 79,500 47,200 61,200 52,300 45,300 93,100 71,600
Total simulation time, h 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 2.5 2.5
Triage time, h 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1
ED time, h† 2 2.9 3 1.9 2.2 1.5 2.4 2.3‡ 2.4‡
Ward time, h 3.7 2.8 3 3.9 3.7 4.4 3.5

*VIC, Victoria; TAS, Tasmania; NSW, New South Wales; ED, emergency department.
†Includes time spent in ED radiology unit.
‡Simulation of avian or pandemic influenza ended prematurely because beds were needed.

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1This research was presented in part at the 47th Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Chicago, Illinois, USA, September 17-20, 2007.

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