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Hospital Management of Adults with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) if SARS re-emerges

AbstractThese guidelines were produced as a joint initiative between the BTS, the BIS and the HPA.
SARS is a potentially severe and highly infectious disease to which health care workers involved in the management of cases are particularly vulnerable. The guidelines summarise optimal and safe practice for healthcare staff involved in the emergency care of patients with probable or confirmed SARS.
The guidelines contain: -
1. Case definitions to be used during an outbreak once the re-emergence of SARS has been verified by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Case definition for a probable case of SARS
- Case definition for a confirmed case of SARS
- Case definition for a discarded case
- Case definition for a person under investigation (PUI)
2. Adult presenting to hospital with probable SARS
- Infection control issues
- General management
- Laboratory testing for SARS
- Specific management of a patient with probable or confirmed
- Potential additional treatment for SARS
3. Management of the close contacts of a probable or confirmed SARS case
4. Discharge from hospital and follow up of a probable or confirmed SARS case
5. Management of a person under investigation (PUI) who requires hospital admission but has a normal chest radiograph
As more information about SARS becomes available this guidance will be updated
Date of publishing02/10/2004
Date of last review by us07/19/2011
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