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Healthcare Manager Decision Making

1. In 2009, there was a major H1N1 pandemic. Researching further for more information, research the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization data and statistics relating to the national and global findings. Using the researched data information, include the information in a table to compare and contrast morbidity and mortality rates between the US and any three countries. As a healthcare manager, what would be the list of three salient decision-making strategies that may be used at at a hospital to reduce the spread of an epidemic.

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
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2. As a healthcare manager, one of the most important skills is decision-making. What should be done if the healthcare manager had to address a case scenario of an outbreak of group A streptococcus at a local hospital? What epidemiology tools would you use to collect and aggregate further data relating to the outbreak? What decision-making tools would you use and how would you disseminate this information to your executive leaders?

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The CDC website provides comprehensive information on public health concerns including epidemiologic data on the H1N1 pandemic worldwide. The following web page provides useful information on morbidity and mortality rates for the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic in the US:

According to the CDC, an estimated 43-88 million cases (midlevel range of 60 million) of H1N1 occurred in the US from April 2009 to March 2010. In the same time period, there was an estimated number of approximately 8,720 to 18,050 deaths (midlevel range of approximately 12,270) due to H1N1 in the US.

A search of the CDC website will show equivalent estimates for other countries. For example, this web page shows similar information for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic in ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides morbidity and mortality data for the H1N1 pandemic in 2009-2010, as well as strategies for the prevention of the spread of infectious diseases such as group A streptococcus infection.