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ON the news tonight...New possible case in Baltimore...A visitor from Hong Kong or China I believe...This is definately much to close to home.

passing thru

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did you all hear the report on Toronto's SARS on the ABC News tonight?? They said 25 % of the cases in Toronto were

health care workers ! And, that the health care workers had been gowning, masking, goggles, gloving, the whole 9 yards...Now, being asked to double gown-double glove-wear face shield with mask.....

scary for the Toronto folks...

PennyLane, RN

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Originally posted by debbyed

ON the news tonight...New possible case in Baltimore...A visitor from Hong Kong or China I believe...This is definately much to close to home.

Ack. I live in Baltimore.


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Passing thru wrote:


This from the Toronto Star:



Apr. 21, 2003. 01:00 AM

Doctors look at flu for answers

Like it, illness could mutate




Percentage of SARS patients who are HCWs (Health Care Workers):

Mainland China - currently being reported as 23% (456 HCWs/2001 total cases). The accuracy of the Chinese statistics is questionable.

Hong Kong - reported as 24-25%


Toronto - reported as 45% by the Toronto Star, now apparently as 25% by ABC News Tonight.

Singapore - 90% of SARS cases are reported as contracted in the health care setting, but this lumps together HCWs, patients, and visitors. I have not been able to tease out HCW stats separately on Singapore.

U.S. - 3% (CDC)

Good night,


toronto rn

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Just some facts re SARS: out of the 261 probable and suspect cases of SARS in Ontario, 73 have been health care workers. Now the question is how many of those health care workers became ill before isolation precautions were imposed and how many have become ill since?

I don't know how this breaks down, but the first group of nurses and doctor and other personel that became ill from contact at Scarbourough Grace Hospital were not using isolation precautions initially because they didn't know what they were dealing with. Now that precautions are being used, health care workers continue to become ill with SARS related to patient contact despite wearing protective gear. Just this week somewhere between 6-10 nurses, doctors and RTs are either probable or suspect SARS.

I am also curious to see if any immunity exists after having SARS and recovering from it. Can someone get it again if re-exposure occurs? Time will tell.

Peeps Mcarthur

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I am also curious to see if any immunity exists after having SARS and recovering from it.

SARS is a virus isn't it?

I don't think you can stimulate memory B-cell production from viral infections(been awhile since A&P though).

This disease has caught my attention since I live in an international area of the country(Baltimore-D.C.-New York) and it appears to have the capability to be pandemic. I'm in an Army medical unit as well, for the National Guard. During our annual drill in June I'll be in an acute care type position. Knowing what it is, how it's spread, and the S&S will be critical.

My "ear is to the rail" and I will be posting as I find news-worthy information.

BTW: I don't think SARS can get through proper precautions, such as double gloves, mask, goggles, gown.

I do think that a hospital would be reluctant to properly report working conditions though.


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SARS is a virus.

As to the matter regarding SARS "getting through" masks, double gloves ect... the problem has been with the way we are using the equipment. Example- taking the mask off, as you do, the outer edge of the large N95 touches your cheek, the outer edge of the mask has been on the outside, exposed to the SARS virus and now it is on your cheek. You then rub your eyes........ no one counted on it being so virulent...I don't think.

Another problem has been with nurse exhaustion.... all that garb, plus the masks the stress and the fatique factor and the personal strive, all it takes is one time you forget to remove your gloves the right way...... any breakdown at all and it can lead to transmission.

At the same time you are dealing with sick patients, worried families calling since they can not visit and families of your own at home worried since you are in the eye of the storm.

BTW ....Toronto has now been added by WHO as places to avoid for unnecessary travel.

toronto rn

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Thanks, Peeps for the info, my A&P is rusty as well. We have been revising isolation protocols almost daily as new information is released. Now we use an N-95 mask covered by a face mask with full face shield, double glove, double cap, double gown and booties with each entrance into SARS isolation rooms. Like JMP mentioned, taking off the protective gear is the worry. We take off the first layer- outer gloves first, followed by outer gown and cap in the patient room, then remove last set of gloves, go out of the room to the antiroom and wash hands remove shield and wash hand and then lastly remove mask and put on a new one, the outer shield protects the inner mask and always washing hands in between touching any part of your body protects contamination........I hope.

I know all the top notch scientists are looking at this and doing their best to come up with the best way to deal with this virus and the people who must be in contact with it. I finally have a few days off and I hope things are a little less stressful when I return.

Another death yesterday, unfortunately it looks like more to come before this is under control.


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I was wondering if weak link could be a fellow worker that might be infectious without being symptomatic. They are using the same bathrooms as the rest of the staff and no one knows for sure who is contageous until they are really, really sick.

Peeps Mcarthur

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I did some brief research on Infotrac but most of the articles I saw are from newsmagazines. The reputable on-line material that I've found so far is $12 per article.

I need to get a subsciption to a good source ( I'm too lazy to go to the med library downtown).

Anyone have a good on-line, or hardcopy source for epidemiology?

I did see an interesting comment in a summary that should be considered.

Of all the contact that lab techs have had in studying this paticular virus, none of them have reported being infected.

I think you are all on the right track with the idea that procedure for donning and removing protective gear may be at fault.

I say find out how the lab techs do it.

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