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Help combat the H1N1 flu epidemic with use of online resources and organizational information.
ACOG also has been providing regular updates. For ob/gyns, the recent finding that H1N1 in pregnancy may result in a higher risk of hospital admission, serious morbidity, and even death when compared to H1N1 in the general population, prevents us from being complacent.1
A recent letter from ACOG President Gerald Joseph, MD, noted that pregnant women were four times more likely to be hospitalized for the H1N1 influenza virus and that 6% of confirmed H1N1 deaths have occurred in pregnant women: a little over 1% of the population. Here are some suggestions that we are employing on the Yale Obstetrics service that could be helpful for your practice and your hospital.
Educate your pregnant patients
Educate pregnant patients about the symptoms of H1N1 and the benefits of washing their hands.
Treat your pregnant patients
Isolate your infected pregnant patients