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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

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  • Ensure early recognition of patients at risk for SARS-CoV disease.
  • Prevent transmission of SARS-CoV by implementing appropriate infection control precautions.

Key concepts

  • SARS-CoV can be efficiently transmitted in healthcare settings if patients with SARS-CoV disease are not immediately recognized and if infection control precautions are not applied.
  • Basic infection control measures are effective in preventing SARS-CoV transmission.
  • Administrative measures designed to facilitate early recognition of patients with SARS-CoV disease are a critical component of SARS prevention strategies.

Priority activities

  • Reinforce basic infection control practices among healthcare workers.
  • Take steps to reduce transmission of respiratory viruses from symptomatic persons at the time of initial encounter with the healthcare setting.
  • Develop triage strategies that ensure early recognition of patients at risk for SARS- CoV disease.
  • Develop plans for appropriate SARS infection control precautions in inpatient and outpatient healthcare facilities, homes, and community isolation facilities.
  • Ensure appropriate management and follow-up monitoring of healthcare workers who have had exposures to and other contacts with SARS patients.
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