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    Title: Precautions for Healthcare Facilities
    Type: Text Slide
    • Universal or standard precautions, including frequent handwashing
    • PPE: gowns, gloves, N95 respirators, eye protection
    • Airborne precautions, including isolation rooms with negative pressure for suspected SARS cases
    • Low or Intermediate level disinfectants

    Speaker Notes:

    10. Healthcare workers face the greatest risk of acquiring SARS through their jobs. Therefore the precautions recommended for them are the most stringent. They need to wear full PPE, and acute care facilities need to provide appropriate ventilation to eliminate the potential for exposure to airborne infectious disease. Individuals with suspected cases of SARS should be placed in an isolation room with negative pressure. If air recirculation is unavoidable, infected individuals should be placed in an area that exhausts room air directly to the outdoors or through HEPA filters. Workers should use low or intermediate chemical germicides for disinfecting. Although there isn't a specific disinfectant registered by EPA for the virus that causes SARS, low and intermediate-level disinfectants are known to inactivate related viruses similar to SARS.