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Br J Anaesth. 2004 Feb;92(2):280-2.

Tracheostomy in a patient with severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesiology, United Christian Hospital, 130 Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong SAR.


The coronavirus which causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a virulent and highly contagious organism. Of the 1755 SARS patients in Hong Kong, over 400 were healthcare workers. Meticulous attention to infection control and teamwork are essential to minimize cross-contamination and prevent staff from contracting the illness. These points are especially pertinent when anaesthetizing SARS patients for high-risk procedures such as tracheostomy. We describe the management of such a case.

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