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From planning to action: Reflections on managing pH1N1 at a Canadian pediatric hospital

Cindy Bruce-Barrett, RN, BScN, MN, PMP, Marie Pinard, RN, BScN


In response to the efforts taken for the management of pandemic H1N1, staff and leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) questioned whether success can be attributed to years of skillful preparation or just plain luck. This article reports the outcomes of a series of debriefing sessions that were held with the staff after the second wave of the pandemic came to a close. Findings reveal strengths and opportunities in transforming pandemic planning into action. The results may help to inform others interested in refining their pandemic plans or to enhance their overall emergency preparedness for the future.


pH1N1, pediatric, incident management, SickKids

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