I think what they're talking about
is conditions severe enough to be life-threatening even without the flu. People in heart failure and unstable diabetics are mentioned; these are people who likely would not survive a severe flu pandemic even with aggressive treatment. Their systems are simply to marginal to survive an additional attack.
This is a pretty standard triage table, as used in most trauma centers. In the field, they refer to putting the patients who are going to survive whether or not they get treatment in one corner, the ones who won't survive even with treatment in another, and using the majority of the space and resources for those whose survival and recovery depend on medical intervention.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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