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SARS changes the ED paradigm.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15520944     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is an emerging viral infectious disease. The SARS outbreak in Singapore started in mid-March 2003. Emergency departments, being the primary portal of entry into the hospitals, had to come up with rapid strategic changes and modifications to accommodate and manage this public health problem effectively. This report discusses the changes in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Singapore General Hospital, the largest public, teaching and tertiary hospital in Singapore, during this outbreak. It will highlight the safety aspects and universal precautions undertaken, the changes to the triage system, working hours, admission policies, as well as the fluctuations in the patient load.
Fatimah Lateef
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0735-6757     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-02     Completed Date:  2004-12-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309942     Medline TA:  Am J Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  483-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore.
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MeSH Terms
Cross Infection / prevention & control,  virology
Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control
Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*,  utilization
Risk Assessment
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Singapore / epidemiology
Universal Precautions

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