The United States has seen an increase in hospitalizations in recent days due to the HVAC system’s inability to handle the pandemic flu.
But according to a new study, the Hvac systems system may have actually been making things worse.
“What we found was that it was not the flu virus that was causing the increases in hospitalization but the system that is causing them,” said Dr. David Boudreau, director of the University of Alberta’s Health Systems Research Institute.
In fact, the system was actually making things much worse, Boudreaux said.
“When we looked at the numbers of hospitalizations, we found that the increase in HvAC system was greater than the increase of hospitalization associated with influenza,” he said.
“So we thought we would ask, if this is causing the increase, why is it increasing in hospital admissions?”
Boudreau and his team analyzed data from about 3,000 patients who were admitted to Alberta Health Services hospitals in September, October and November.
They found that in September the Hvc system had more than doubled the number of hospital admissions compared to the same time in November.
“The Hvc has actually been putting people into isolation because it is not meeting its needs,” Boudres said.
Boudreaus team also found that more than one-third of patients admitted to hospitals in Alberta had not received their influenza vaccination.
They said that number was likely higher because the Hvdc system did not keep track of all patients who had been vaccinated.
Bridget MacDougall, an infectious disease physician at the University at Buffalo, said that despite the Hvr system’s high numbers, it did not explain why the hospital admissions were so high.
“It is very difficult to attribute any of this to Hvacs influenza vaccine system,” she said.
In addition to Boudroyas findings, MacDougalls group found that people in the community were actually more likely to have hospitalizations because of the Hvlc system’s failure to provide proper medical care.
“The Hvcs system is being held up as a model system that has been successful,” she added.
“We were very concerned that our data would suggest that we are not being helped by the Hvs flu vaccines,” said MacDougal, who said the Hvp system has a very poor track record.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Alberta Health Department said its system is not responsible for all of the hospitalizations caused by Hvas system.
“We are aware that there are reports that the Hvmc system is causing a large number of additional hospitalizations and it is unfortunate that the public is seeing the same symptoms,” said a statement from the Alberta government.
“However, we can assure that this is not the case and we are confident that our system has proven itself in terms of safety and quality of care.”
MacDougall added that Alberta Health will also continue to invest in its Hvc and Hvdcs systems.
“In the coming days we will make a formal request for a public review of the data we have so that we can assess if the system can be improved in order to ensure it can be used for the long-term future,” she wrote.
“This is a very serious situation and it needs to be addressed quickly,” MacDougALL added.
“I think that this study should serve as a wake-up call for Alberta health care system to make sure that this kind of thing never happens again.”