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Trauma unit closure, due to SARS.

Barry Armstrong trauma-list@trauma.org
Sat, 19 Apr 2003 14:15:23 -0500


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Canada's largest trauma unit, at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, has closed.
The Emergency department, the Cardiac unit and most of the intensive care
units are also closed.

The burn unit will remain open.

The closure was declared today, after four health care workers developed
suspected cases of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).  There are also
8 possible SARS cases (health care workers) under investigation.

The trauma unit will remain closed for 10 days, the standard period of
quarantine.  Sunnybrook hospital did not disclose the number of health care
workers placed in quarantine from this situation.

The contact with SARS came during two "difficult" intubations, one of which
lasted 4 hours, according to the press conference.  There were no known
breaches of infectious diseases precautions, except that one person
remembers a face shield that briefly slipped out of place.

As of April 18, Canada had declared 132 probable SARS cases.  There have
been 13 deaths.   An epidemiological graph is available at
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pphb-dgspsp/sars-sras/eu-ae/sars20030418_e.html#fig1
.  It demonstrates that health care providers have been at high risk of
acquiring SARS.


Barry Armstrong
General Surgeon,
Dryden, Ontario, Canada


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