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Mechanical ventilation of SARS patients. Safety issues involving breathing-circuit filters.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12889258     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients suffering from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) sometimes require mechanical ventilation. This raises safety concerns about the SARS virus being carried by droplets that exit from the exhalation limb of the ventilator. ECRI recommends that breathing-circuit filters be incorporated in the exhalation limb of any ventilator used on a patient with SARS. In this article, we review the issues behind our recommendations and describe steps hospitals can take to prevent any adverse effects on ventilation.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health devices     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0046-7022     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Devices     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-31     Completed Date:  2003-10-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1262063     Medline TA:  Health Devices     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  220-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Air Microbiology
Cross Infection / prevention & control
Equipment Contamination*
Filtration / instrumentation*
Guidelines as Topic*
Infection Control / methods*,  standards
Safety Management / standards
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / prevention & control*,  therapy*
United States
Ventilators, Mechanical / virology*

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