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Supplement I: Infection Control in Healthcare, Home, and Community Settings

Public Health Guidance for Community-Level Preparedness and Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Version 2/3*


Since 2004, there have not been any known cases of SARS reported anywhere in the world. The content in this Web site was developed for the 2003 SARS epidemic. But, some guidelines are still being used. Any new SARS updates will be posted on this Web site.

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I. Rationale and Goals
II. Lessons Learned
III. Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities
IV. Infection Control for Prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
V. Infection Control for Care of SARS Patients at Home
VI. Infection Control for Care of SARS Patients in Community Isolation Facilities
VII. Infection Control for Public Health and Outreach Workers
VIII. Infection Control for Laboratory and Pathology Procedures
IX. Occupational Health Issues
Appendix I1: Recommendations for Application of Standard Precautions for the Care of All Patients in All Healthcare Settings
Appendix I2: Summary of Recommendations for Expanded Precautions

Footnote *

This new Supplement outlines the infection control recommendations for prevention of SARS-CoV transmission in healthcare, household, and community settings. During the 2003 global epidemic, SARS-CoV caused unprecedented levels of morbidity and mortality among healthcare personnel and disrupted healthcare delivery systems, leading in some instances to closure of hospitals. Rapid implementation and adherence to infection control measures proved essential for controlling transmission in healthcare settings. To assist healthcare facilities in controlling SARS-CoV transmission, CDC issued several infection control guidance documents that evolved with improved understanding of the virus and its modes of transmission. This Supplement consolidates, updates, and replaces the previous guidelines and provides new information to guide infection control practices for prevention of SARS-CoV transmission.

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