The flu epidemic in the UK: overcrowded emergency rooms

The flu epidemic in the UK: overcrowded emergency roomsDue to the sharp increase in the number of cases severe seasonal and swine flu, the British hospital are forced to postpone the vital operation for cancer patients: the emergency rooms are overcrowded flu patients. It is reported NEWSru.co.il.

UK closer to first in the last decade of the epidemic of influenza: the number of cases more than doubled over the past week. Currently in intensive care units are 460 patients with severe influenza, whereas last week there were 182.

Professor John Oxford, of the London Hospital, suggests that the state of the epidemic will be announced during the week. Under current rules, the epidemic is declared when the number of cases in excess of 200 to 100 thousand people. Now in the UK the figure is 87.1 per 100 thousand people, the majority of cases — the swine flu.

Dr Bob Winter, who heads the association of intensive care, said that hospitals are forced to postpone elective surgery, you want to place the patient in the House of postoperative intensive care unit with mechanical ventilation. It is, in particular, of the cancer patients with cancer of the esophagus.

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