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SARS: A retrospective and examination of protocols and procedures of the hospital, patient care and border screening

Ko, David (2014) SARS: A retrospective and examination of protocols and procedures of the hospital, patient care and border screening. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was the 21st century’s first acute novel outbreak and public health menace. It is vital for disease control experts to learn how previous diseases were investigated, contained and treated. Due to its status as the first outbreak of the century, it is important to consider SARS as a modern prototype for protocols for key points of care of disease control; border screening, hospital infrastructure and personnel reorganization, and clinical diagnosis and treatment for potential cases. Modern advances in technology, and travel has made containment of disease a difficult proposition. Hence, disease control protocol must make the progression to meet these changes. Border strategies for SARS must include ways of scanning a mass of people in a timely and efficient manner. Potential strategies would include: infrared scanning, immunoassay swabs, and scanning both departing and arriving passengers. Of most importance to border strategies would be education. Hospital strategies should consider using the plan that is most ideal for their infrastructure, which would include: designating a central hospital for infectious disease, dedicating a ward, or more novel approaches such as using a portable antechamber to seal off rooms or wards, or creating a negative pressure chamber in a large space such as a gymnasium. There are strong potential candidates in clinical detection and treatment that may be effective in future outbreak, however, more development and testing would be required. It is also vital to continue investigation of vaccines and medications after the end of the initial outbreak. These strategies employ a mixture of past proven strategies and integrate modern advancements in technology. This informed and knowledgeable approach to disease outbreak will result in a decrease in complications and problems in the future management of novel acute outbreaks.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ko, David
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFrank, Lindafrankie@pitt.eduFRANKIEUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberKammerer, Candacecmk3@pitt.eduCMK3UNSPECIFIED
Date: 24 December 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 15:09
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2024 11:55


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