Tracheostomy in a patient with severe acute respiratory syndrome

Br J Anaesth. 2004 Feb;92(2):280-2. doi: 10.1093/bja/aeh035.


The coronavirus which causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a virulent and highly contagious organism. Of the 1755 SARS patients in Hong Kong, over 400 were healthcare workers. Meticulous attention to infection control and teamwork are essential to minimize cross-contamination and prevent staff from contracting the illness. These points are especially pertinent when anaesthetizing SARS patients for high-risk procedures such as tracheostomy. We describe the management of such a case.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cross Infection / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional / prevention & control
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / surgery*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / transmission
  • Tracheostomy*