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Use past experience and stay flexible when planning for emerging diseases

Keep on top of preparedness for emerging infectious diseases.

Review your available personal protective equipment (PPE). Keep an open line of communication with your supply partners. Coordinate with other local healthcare organizations and public health coalitions. And consider posting a world map in your intake areas to help patients identify their recent travel history.

The quick spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus out of China combined with an already deadly influenza season is a reminder to stay prepared, say CMS and CDC officials, as well as infection prevention professionals.

While there have been government reports and media coverage in the last few years questioning the United States’ readiness to respond to a major pandemic, hospitals have learned many lessons from past experience that can help them in the face of a new pathogen.

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