During the international severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) crisis
earlier this year, more than half of the 8000 identified cases originated
in hospitals. With this in mind, a broad Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) plan aimed at containing future outbreaks focuses on rapidly identifying
and isolating new cases to prevent nosocomial transmission .
According to the draft plan released in October, each facility "should
be prepared to identify, triage, and manage SARS patients." Among other measures,
hospitals should prepare to isolate patients with confirmed SARS and quarantine
those exposed to SARS patients.
Vastag B. CDC Unveils SARS Plan. JAMA. 2003;290(19):2533-2534. doi:10.1001/jama.290.19.2533