CDC’s recommendations for HCWs exposed to SARS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has recommended surveillance of health care workers who have contact with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) patients or their environment of care. Hospitals should:

  • Develop and maintain a list of all personnel who enter the rooms of SARS patients, or who are involved in the patient’s care in other parts of the hospital.
  • Instruct personnel who have contact with SARS patients or their environment of care to notify occupational health, infection control, or their designee if they have unprotected exposure to a SARS patient or if they develop any fever or respiratory symptoms.
  • Monitor employee absenteeism for increases that may suggest emerging respiratory illness in the work force. Notify local and state health authorities of clusters or unusual increases in respiratory illness, including atypical pneumonia.