AARC SARS Page
As severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, continues to spread
throughout the world, respiratory therapists are naturally concerned
for their patients, their co-workers, and themselves. The AARC is keeping
a close eye on SARS developments and is committed to keeping its members
fully informed as more becomes known about this deadly disease and how
SARS: Will It Be Different in the United States?
by Sam P. Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC, AARC Executive Director
Read this copy of Giordano's editorial,
which was published in the May 2003 issue of AARC Times.
The following links take you to fast-breaking news stories on SARS from
around the world. Check back often for updated information.
The following links provide a comprehensive overview of SARS from recognized
- World Health Organization
Up-to-the-minute information on the number of cases worldwide, laboratory
testing and etiology, affected areas of the world, and travel advice.
Information on management of SARS, hospital discharge and follow-up
policies for patients, case definitions for surveillance, infection
control guidance, and clinical description of SARS, among others.
Information on the WHO collaborative multi-center research project
on SARS, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, and the WHO
collaborative network of clinicians for SARS diagnosis and treatment.
- Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
News and updates on SARS from around the world, along with links to
a wide range of specific information for hospitals and clinicians,
- The following papers have been published early on the NEJM
web site. Access them free of charge (in .pdf format) at
the following links.
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
MMWR has included two reports on SARS:
- New York Times
by Step, Scientists Track Mystery Ailment
A detailed report on scientific efforts to uncover the cause of SARS,
by Lawrence K. Altman, MD.