Hospital preparedness and SARS

Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 May;10(5):771-6. doi: 10.3201/eid1005.030717.

Abstract

On May 23, 2003, Toronto experienced the second phase of a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak. Ninety cases were confirmed, and >620 potential cases were managed. More than 9,000 persons had contact with confirmed or potential case-patients; many required quarantine. The main hospital involved during the second outbreak was North York General Hospital. We review this hospital's response to, and management of, this outbreak, including such factors as building preparation and engineering, personnel, departmental workload, policies and documentation, infection control, personal protective equipment, training and education, public health, management and administration, follow-up of SARS patients, and psychological and psychosocial management and research. We also make recommendations for other institutions to prepare for future outbreaks, regardless of their origin.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Communicable Disease Control / methods*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / epidemiology
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / prevention & control
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / therapy
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / virology
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Hospitals, Urban*
  • Humans
  • SARS Virus*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome* / epidemiology
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome* / prevention & control
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome* / therapy
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome* / virology