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Volume 10, Number 3—March 2004

Perspective

SARS Transmission and Hospital Containment

Gowri Gopalakrishna*, Philip Choo†, Yee Sin Leo†, Boon Keng Tay‡, Yean Teng Lim§, Ali S. Khan¶1, and Chorh Chuan Tan*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Ministry of Health, Singapore; †Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore; ‡Singapore General Hospital, Singapore; §National University Hospital, Singapore; ¶Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; 1Short-term consultant, Global Outbreak and Alert Response Network (GOARN), World Health Organization

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Timeline of events in the outbreak of SARS in the three acute hospitals, Singapore March–May 2003. SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; TTSH, Tan Tock Seng Hospital; ED, emergency department; PPE, personal protective equipment (defined as a test-fitted N95 mask, gowns, and gloves; goggles if dealing with suspicious cases; powered air purified respirators for high-risk procedures such as intubation); ICU, intensive care unit; high-risk area defined as ED, ICU, isolation wards; SGH, Singapore

Figure 2. Timeline of events in the outbreak of SARS in the three acute hospitals, Singapore March–May 2003. SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; TTSH, Tan Tock Seng Hospital; ED, emergency department; PPE, personal protective equipment (defined as a test-fitted N95 mask, gowns, and gloves; goggles if dealing with suspicious cases; powered air purified respirators for high-risk procedures such as intubation); ICU, intensive care unit; high-risk area defined as ED, ICU, isolation wards; SGH, Singapore General Hospital; NUH, National University Hospital; HCW, healthcare worker. Staff found to have a temperature >37.5°C were given medical leave for 3 days with a review on the third day.

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