SARS audio program updates guidelines

Leading epidemiologists say a global return of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) — which wreaked havoc on the health care systems that had to deal with it — is almost inevitable. The current overriding concern is that SARS will resurface as a seasonal illness along with influenza and other respiratory infections.

Indeed, it would be a surprising development if the emerging coronavirus did not return, said Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"As an infectious disease expert, I can say in my experience, I’ve never seen a pathogen emerge and go away on its own," she said. "I think we have to expect that somewhere, some time, this coronavirus is going to rear its ugly head again; and that’s the whole purpose of all this preparedness effort."

What would happen today if a patient with suspect or probable SARS showed up at your facility? To help you prepare for the threat, Thomson American Health Consultants offers the upcoming audio conference: The Resurgence of SARS: Why Your Hospital May Not Be as Prepared as You Think, on Dec. 9, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET. Let our experts help you answer that and many other critical questions with practical tips and solutions to detect first cases and protect other patients and health care workers.

Speakers include Allison McGeer, MD, director of infection control at Mount Sinai and Princess Margaret Hospitals in Toronto. A veteran epidemiologist, McGeer dealt firsthand with SARS patients and occupationally infected workers during the prolonged outbreak in Toronto. Hear the lessons learned by somebody who has dealt with this novel emerging pathogen on the front lines.

If SARS returns, health care providers certainly will be on those front lines. To provide valuable guidance and critical insight, Susan E. Shapiro, PhD, RN, MSN, CEN, will outline valuable tips and procedures, in addition to addressing and clarifying recently updated CDC recommendations for SARS. Shapiro is a postdoctoral fellow in risk assessment and intervention research with individuals and families at Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing in Portland.

A career ED nurse and nurse manager before recently completing a doctoral program, Shapiro is the Emergency Nurses Association’s representative to the CDC’s SARS task force. Educate your entire staff for one low fee including 1 hour of CE, CME, or critical care credits for all attendees. You may invite as many participants as you wish to listen for the low fee of $249.

Information on obtaining audio conference instructions and continuing education forms will be in the confirmation notice, which will be mailed upon receipt of registration. Your fee also includes access to a 48-hour replay following the conference and a CD recording of the program. For information or to register, call customer service at (800) 688-2421 or contact us via e-mail at When ordering, please refer to effort code 35281.