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How severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) affected the department of anaesthesia at Singapore General Hospital.

Authors
  • Tan, T K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Anaesthesia and intensive care
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2004
Volume
32
Issue
3
Pages
394–400
Identifiers
PMID: 15264737
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The effects of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) on the Singapore General Hospital's Department of Anaesthesia are described. Urgent measures to protect staff and patients were implemented. Clear direction in administration issues and clinical pathways with good logistic support were essential. Anaesthetists were at risk and anaesthetic practice had to change in view of strict infection control provisions. Contingency planning for future infectious diseases outbreaks is required. Lessons can be learnt by hospitals yet to be visited by this virulent infection.

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