Hospital preparedness in Nebraska: A pandemic influenza survey


  • Matthew Smith, BA
  • Philip W. Smith, MD



hospital, preparedness, pandemic influenza


Because hospital response to pandemic influenza is a critical component of preparedness, the authors performed a survey of hospitals in Nebraska to assess pandemic influenza preparedness. An anonymous 15- question survey was sent electronically to all 85 hospitals in Nebraska in November 2008 and 48 hospitals (56.5 percent) responded. A large majority of Nebraska hospitals have a pandemic influenza plan (n  = 41/48, 85.4 percent), and have begun stockpiling materials (n  = 44/47, 93.6 percent). Most have established contact with local public health (n  = 42/47, 89.4 percent), and in fact reported that their communication with public health has improved as a result of pandemic influenza planning (n  = 39/46, 84.8 percent). This survey illuminates current progress and areas for potential improvement in pandemic influenza planning by Nebraska hospitals.

Author Biographies

Matthew Smith, BA

Center for Biopreparedness Education, Omaha, Nebraska.

Philip W. Smith, MD

University of Nebraska College of Public Health, Omaha, Nebraska.


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How to Cite

Smith, BA, M., and P. W. Smith, MD. “Hospital Preparedness in Nebraska: A Pandemic Influenza Survey”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 4, no. 5, Sept. 2009, pp. 299-02, doi:10.5055/ajdm.2009.0042.

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