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Document ID (ISN)105291
CIS number 06-965
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chen-Yeung M.
Title Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and healthcare workers
Bibliographic information Oct.-Dec. 2004, Vol.10, No.4, p.421-427. Illus. 32 ref.
Abstract Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is caused by a novel coronavirus, transmitted from human to human by aerosols or by direct contact. This article reviews how health care workers (HCWs) became infected during the outbreak of the disease in Hong Kong and describes the infection-control measures put in place. Risk factors for infection in HCWs included lack of awareness and preparedness when the disease first struck, poor institutional infection control measures, lack of training in infection control procedures, poor compliance with the use of personal protection equipment (PPE), exposure to high-risk procedures such as intubation and nebulization, and exposure to unsuspected SARS patients. Measures to prevent nosocomial infection include: establishing isolation wards for triage, SARS patients and convalescence; training and monitoring hospital staff in infection-control procedures; active and passive screening of HCWs; enforcement of droplet and contact precautions; and compliance with the use of PPE.
Descriptors (primary) Hong Kong; health care personnel; infection control; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Descriptors (secondary) personal protective equipment; hospitals; disobeying safety instructions; safe working methods; supply of personal protective equipment; risk factors
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceHong Kong
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)