PURPOSE: Following the H1N1 pandemic there was a sense “pandemic preparedness fatigue” may have set in. Our survey aimed to assess health care workers’ [HCW] views regarding pandemic planning now compared to before the pandemic.
METHODS: A web-based survey was designed using Survey Monkey, and pilot tested for usability. The survey was distributed to individuals on the Critical Care Canada Forum (CCCF) distribution list. The survey was open to responses between July and August 2010, follow-up reminders and a draw for prizes were used to maximize the response rate.
RESULTS: 349 responses were received from across Canada with the majority from Ontario (77.1%). Of the respondents 43.4% were nurses, 29.9% physicians, 11.5% respiratory therapists, 8% administrators, 4.5% pharmacists and 2.8% residents. Respondents were from community hospitals (21.9%), community-teaching hospitals (26.7%), academic tertiary referral hospitals (48.3%), government (1.0%), and industry (0.3%). Over half (58.7%) of the surveyed HCWs had >20 years experience, and 15.7% had <10 years. 87.2% of the HCWs reported that their institution had a pandemic plan before the H1N1 pandemic. 61.3%, felt the plan was well thought out and developed, 7.6% felt it was not and 31.1% were neutral. 62.2% of the HCWs felt their institution’s pandemic plan was effectively implemented. When asked to compare how they feel about pandemic preparedness now compared to before the H1N1 pandemic 47.6% feel it is even more important now and 51.4% feel it is equally important. When asked to assess the importance of pandemic preparedness vs disaster preparedness by indicating how much money should be spent on each, 78.4% felt equal amounts should be spent, 17.1% felt more should be spent on pandemic preparedness, and 4.5% felt more should be spent on disaster preparedness.
CONCLUSIONS: The results of this survey fails to show any evidence to support that “pandemic preparedness fatigue” has set in among critical care HCWs in Canada with 99% reporting it remains equally or more important now compared to before the H1N1 pandemic.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Ongoing pandemic planning is warranted.
DISCLOSURE: Gary Carbell: Grant monies (from sources other than industry): Unrestricted study grant
Michael Christian: Grant monies (from sources other than industry): Unrestricted study grant Canadian Critical Care Forum
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