Journal Article

Hospital Preparedness for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in the United States: Views from a National Survey of Infectious Diseases Consultants

Arjun Srinivasan, Daniel B. Jernign, Laura Liedtke and Larry Strausbaugh

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 39, issue 2, pages 272-274
Published in print July 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/421777
Hospital Preparedness for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in the United States: Views from a National Survey of Infectious Diseases Consultants

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In this survey of infectious diseases consultants, 90% reported that their health care facilities have plans in place to address severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Some plan elements exceed current recommendations, whereas others are less stringent. Resource issues associated with airborne isolation and respirators were reported. Sixty-one percent of the respondents expressed some concern about their facility's preparation and capacity for managing patients with SARS. Recent draft guidance on SARS preparedness from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may help address some of these issues.

Journal Article.  1604 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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