SARS Response Failed to Protect HCW's - page 3

The final report of the Ontario SARS commission came out today: The A multi-million dollar class action has been launched by nurses against the government. Information... Read More

  1. by   indigo girl
    I have posted this before in a panflu thread, but it really belongs here.
    It's a good read, and easy to understand.

    The SARS Scare, a Cautionary Tale of Emerging Disease Caught in the Act, from Harvard Magazine
    (hat tip Fluwiki)
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jun 1, '07
  2. by   indigo girl
    Can you imagine bringing home this kind of illness? Although this article is
    not implying that this is the cause of their mental problems, I would be
    a basket case for sure if I infected my family. This really makes me think
    about protecting the people that I care about.
    Quote from that year anniversary point - when the followup formally ended - 17 per cent of patients in the group still had not returned to work.

    "We saw that the vast majority of people were returning to work...

    "There is no question, though, that there was a very small but real minority of patients - most of whom were critically ill - who did have some longer-term physical sequelae (medical consequences) of SARS. A couple of those people I continue to follow."

    The study evaluated at three, six and 12 months the recovery of 117 of Toronto's 387 probable and suspect SARS cases. More than half the participants in the study - 65 per cent - were health-care workers.

    Dr. Alan Tallmeister, an anesthesiologist at Toronto's Scarborough Grace Hospital, is one of the lucky ones.

    Like many SARS victims, Tallmeister saw the disease spread in his household. His daughter, who was 15 when SARS hit Toronto in March 2003, caught the disease from him. She too has made a full recovery.

    But for others, the impact of SARS lingers, in the lungs and in the psyche.
  3. by   fergus51
    I worked in Toronto during this time. It wasn't fun, but I really do think the management and the government did the best they could at the time when it came to instituting blanket policies. It's true, the info we got changed a lot day to day, but I think that's partly because we knew nothing about this disease at the time.