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Severe acute respiratory syndrome :Guidelines were drawn up collaboratively to protect healthcare workers in British Columbia

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7403.1394-b (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1394
  1. Annalee Yassi, executive director (AnnaleeY@aol.com),
  2. Michael A Noble, infection control officer,
  3. Patricia Daly, medical health officer,
  4. Elizabeth Bryce, director
  1. Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare, 301–1195 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3X5
  2. Vancouver Coastal Health, 899 West 12th Avenue, Room JPN 1112, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
  3. Vancouver Coastal Health, #800-601 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C2
  4. infection control Vancouver Hospital and Health Science Centre, 899 West 12th Avenue, Room JPN 1111, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

    EDITOR—Detailed measures to protect healthcare workers from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are paramount. The equipment of choice for respiratory protection is thought to be the disposable N95 respirator. However, without testing the fit, a poor facial seal may result in a reduction to only 33% of ambient levels.1

    Guidelines were developed through a collaborative process involving the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia (the state's regulatory agency), the Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare (jointly governed by healthcare unions and employers), and provincial experts in public health, infection control, and infectious …

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