Question for people from Toronto - page 2

I'm supposed to go to Toronto in 2 1/2 weeks. I'm supposed to go with another couple that's around our age...31 y/o. We're healthy. Non-pregnant...our other g.f.'s not going b/c she is preggo. ... Read More

  1. by   Scotty
    What a picture nurseman (the mask not you!). I'm so ignorant I've never even seen one of those.
  2. by   debbyed
    One of the cases is a physician in Baltimore. He had been in Toronto (? reason) and started feeling ill there (fever, dry cough, sob). Instead of having himself checked by another professional, he came home via air stopping at two additional places (I think) and than proceeded to go to work. He was sent home sick and than taken by ambo the next day to the hospital. He is in isolation with suspected SARS.

    What an idiot He is a physician and of all people should have known better. He put all the people on those planes at risk because he was symptomatic and than proceeded to go to work in a hospital. They say he didn't have any patient contact on the day he came back.

    Anybody who has any access to communication knows about SARS and what the symptoms are!! This doctor either had a large case of denial or he suffers from a God complex.

    He ought to have his licence suspended for sheer stupidity.:imbar
    Last edit by debbyed on Apr 24, '03
  3. by   Scotty
    It's easy to judge.

    It's human nature to deny what scares us and also to not want to cause a fuss about what we hope is nothing.

    There is some confusion about the symptoms. The doctor in charge of ER in Hong Kong says that headache, fever, myalgia and rigors are a lot more prominent initial symptoms than the much quoted cough and difficulty breathing.

    www.mja.com.au/
  4. by   toronto rn
    Hey Nurseman, I was wondering what the full face mask and respirator looked like. They were threatening to use those last week if there were any more staff transmissions. What colour scrubs would look best with that -green or blue?
  5. by   Jenn CLPN
    We had a Doctor who went to Toronto for Easter. She said the hole town is shut down. She has family there, the reason she went was to bring her parents masks.....i guess you cant find them anywhere there. Use you own disscretion. we actually had some of the office staff worried she was there and could of brought something back.
  6. by   FutureNurse2005
    The focal point of the problem seems to be in the Scarborough area. Scarborough Grace Hospital is pretty much where it started. Most of the GTA area hospitals seem to have it under control (ER has re-opened).

    Just have a great time!!
  7. by   oramar
    What a suprise, doctors are the worst offenders when it comes to ignoring infection control measures. Gee, that never happened before.
  8. by   fergus51
    I have been doing some shifts as a screener at the entrance to our hospital and have been AMAZED at how some of the docs are behaving. I have had them complain and try to get out of having to wash their hands, wear their masks properly and answer the questionnaire. When you consider the fact that many of them visit more than one hospital I find it absolutely disgraceful and actually threatenned to call security and bar one from entering.

    Jenn, I think the town was shut down for the easter holiday, not because of SARS. I haven't noticed a big difference in activity around my place. Also, they are selling N95 masks through several uniform stores if ordinary people want to buy them.
  9. by   nurseman
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by toronto rn
    Hey Nurseman, I was wondering what the full face mask and respirator looked like. They were threatening to use those last week if there were any more staff transmissions. What colour scrubs would look best with that -green or blue? [/QUOTE



    Our uniforms are blue and they match the masks quite nicely.

    I have seen this mask advertised for SARS protection at http://www.anisafety.com/dp/

    The masks are used at the factory where I work for a variety of jobs. When I do my plant walk about I frequently talk to polishers that are wearing those masks. If they want to be understood they have to talk quite loud or yell if there is any background noise. I did not know the hospitals were threatening to use them. I pity you if you do.

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