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Huguley Expands ER to Accommodate Flu Patients

Huguley Memorial Medical Center has expanded its emergency department and created an isolated treatment area for patients with flu symptoms. Because flu patients are overwhelming ERs across the Metroplex, the Huguley staff converted an adjacent large storage area into an influenza treatment room.

“I was extremely impressed with the speed of the Huguley Engineering team when putting together the room, and I’m excited that we can see patients faster,” said Mary Lewis, Huguley Emergency Department Care Manager.

One of the primary goals of the emergency department is to get patients seen and treated as quickly as possible. Since the new influenza treatment room has been in place, the ER is able to see more flu patients on a daily basis.

Also Huguley is hosting a community lecture on influenza planning and protection with speakers from Tarrant County Public Health Department. Come hear Epidemiologist Diana Cervantes and Influenza Surveillance Specialist Barbara Vassell speak on the status of influenza in the community, how to prevent transmission, treatment options, and ways to plan for protection of you and your family this flu season. This free event will be held on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Huguley Fitness Center Amphitheater.  For more information please call 817-568-5480.

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration in response to the number of confirmed cases of the flu in the United States. The influenza activity continued to increase in the United States over the past month. Flu activity is now widespread in 37 states. Nationwide, visits to doctors for influenza- like illness increased over last week and are higher than expected for this time of year. In addition, flu-related hospitalizations and deaths are increasing as well and are higher than expected.