|Sheridan, N. (2010) An investigation into the management of the Swine Flu in the education sector with a view to assessing the polilcies and procedures and looking at their effectiveness in reducing the spread of pandemic H1N1 (Swine Flu)
|MSc (Partial Fulfillment)
|This Dissertation examines and contrasts the international, national and local polices
on Pandemic H1N1 during the recent (2009) emergency, with a specific focus on the
implications for the third level education sector. Plans are reviewed internationally,
then nationally and then locally by investigating Pandemic plans o f the World Health
Organisation (WHO), o f the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland and the plan
o f the Institute o f Technology (I.T.) Sligo.
The plans are compared and contrasted to investigate whether Ireland’s plans are
properly derived from the international guidance and, then, I.T. Sligo Pandemic Plan
is compared with the national guidance.
It is shown that Ireland complied with the international guidance when preparing the
national Pandemic Plan. It is also shown that, except for one element, the I.T. Sligo
plan complied with the national guidance when creating their own Pandemic Plan.
I.T. Sligo did not comply with one section o f the HSE guidance “Guidance for Third
The actual implementation o f local policy is investigated by looking specifically at the
I.T. Sligo plan. I.T. Sligo is a third-level educational institution. Implementation o f
the plan is demonstrated using different qualitative research methods, these being a
comparative analysis, a questionnaire, an interview and a physical examination o f
four different areas within the institute. An evaluation o f the effectiveness o f the
implementation is presented.
Overall the dissertation demonstrates that I.T. Sligo implemented its Pandemic H1N1
Plan apart from one element o f the health care plan this being the telephone triage
system as a means o f patient assessment which is demonstrated in the I.T. Sligo
Health care plan.
The incidence o f Pandemic H1N1 in Ireland is contrasted and compared with levels in
the North West. The North West contributed significantly to the level o f cases in the
entire republic. Also, one fifth o f all persons that were infected in Ireland, and in the
North West, were between the ages o f 17-23 years.
This research demonstrates that locally, nationally and internationally we were
prepared for Pandemic H1N1 and all the relevant plans were put into action when
pandemic H1N1 first emerged. However, the national and local plans had specific
areas which could be improved.
|Disease -- Outbreaks.
|Communicable diseases -- Prevention.
|Universities and colleges -- Ireland.
|An investigation into the management of the Swine Flu in the education sector with a view to assessing the policies and procedures and looking at their effectiveness in reducing the spread of pandemic H1N1 (Swine Flu)
|Master thesis (taught)
|Institute of Technology, Sligo
|Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND
|Environmental Science ITS