Measures to Prevent Healtcare Workers from Contracting Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome During High-Risk Surgical Procedures
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Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a contagious viral disease caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and transmitted through droplets and close contact . Healthcare workers (HCWs) are particularly at risk when looking after SARS patients. As reported by the World Health Organization  more than 20% (386) of those infected with SARS in Hong Kong were HCWs. Described here are the infection control procedures undertaken at a hospital in Hong Kong when three Caesarean sections were performed on women with active maternal SARS infection.
SARS-CoV infection had been confirmed by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction in all three mothers prior to the time of operation. The operations were performed between 1 April and 5 April 2003. None of the HCWs (>15) involved in the three separate operations developed fever or clinical SARS within 14 days of exposure.
When the operations were performed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; Atlanta, Ga., USA) had not ...
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- Measures to Prevent Healtcare Workers from Contracting Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome During High-Risk Surgical Procedures
European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Volume 23, Issue 2 , pp 131-133
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- 1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit, Princess Margaret Hospital, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- 2. Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Princess Margaret Hospital, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong