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February 15, 2010

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Bill Peckham

Good post Peter. The other thing for people to keep in mind are the heroic efforts made by hospitals across the country, efforts that saved many who otherwise would have succumbed. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) was an uncommon therapy prior to the H1N1 pandemic, today it is credited with saving many lives.

Without ECMO and 24/7 ICU care, we can be sure the H1N1 death toll would have been much greater. This time our medical infrastructure was able to cope with the patient load without using the non-pharmaceutical interventions used to good effect in Japan. We got lucky. However, the CDC should not be in the business of relying on luck.

Peter let's hope the powers that be take the lessons of the H1N1 pandemic to heart.

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