Environmental and occupational health response to SARS, Taiwan, 2003

Eric J. Esswein, Max Kiefer, Ken Wallingford, Greg Burr, Lukas Jyhun Hsiarn Lee, Jung Der Wang, Shun Chih Wang, Ih Jen Su

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Abstract

Industrial hygiene specialists from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) visited hospitals and medical centers throughout Taiwan. They assisted with designing and evaluating ventilation modifications for infection control, developed guidelines for converting hospital rooms into SARS patient isolation rooms, prepared designs for the rapid conversion of a vacated military facility into a SARS screening and observation facility, assessed environmental aspects of dedicated SARS hospitals, and worked in concert with the Taiwanese to develop hospital ventilation guidelines. We describe the environmental findings and observations from this response, including the rapid reconfiguration of medical facilities during a national health emergency, and discuss environmental challenges should SARS or a SARS-like virus emerge again.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1187-1194
Number of pages8
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Volume10
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul

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Environmental Health
Occupational Health
Taiwan
Ventilation
Military Facilities
SARS Virus
Guidelines
Patient Isolation
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (U.S.)
Patients' Rooms
Infection Control
Emergencies
Observation
Health

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Esswein, E. J., Kiefer, M., Wallingford, K., Burr, G., Lee, L. J. H., Wang, J. D., ... Su, I. J. (2004). Environmental and occupational health response to SARS, Taiwan, 2003. Emerging infectious diseases, 10(7), 1187-1194. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1007.030728
Esswein, Eric J. ; Kiefer, Max ; Wallingford, Ken ; Burr, Greg ; Lee, Lukas Jyhun Hsiarn ; Wang, Jung Der ; Wang, Shun Chih ; Su, Ih Jen. / Environmental and occupational health response to SARS, Taiwan, 2003. In: Emerging infectious diseases. 2004 ; Vol. 10, No. 7. pp. 1187-1194.
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