Traffic Control Strategy in SARS Outbreak Control Muh-Yong Yen, Yu-sen E. Lin, Ih-Jen Su, Mei-Shang Ho, Kuang-Huan Tan, Chen-Hsen Lee Jen-Ai Municipal Hospital, Taipei City Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung
STOP SARS at the bedside Life finds the way SARS is looking for the niche/leak to jump into next victims ( HCW)
Given that PPE and NPIR are tested and available throughout Taiwan, we postulated that PPE and NPIR appear to be unsatisfactory for preventing HCWs from contracting SARS virus if the standard operative procedure was not adherent strictly, which was not unusual in the time of outbreak.
We suspect that HCWs especially those of inadequately trained cleaner, part-time workers, may still acquire the SARS virus through inappropriate donning or removal of PPE and accidentally transmitted the virus by hands afterwards.
“ Traffic Control” differentiates the pathways of patients and the HCWs within the hospital with barriers so that each pathway may not be casually overlapping or crossing, casual contamination will than be blocked.
the integrated checkpoint hand washing spots are mandatory to be accessible throughout the hospital.
the checkpoint hand washing within traffic line may strengthen the adherence and to increase frequency of hand washing.
when working in the restricted traffic control area with physical barrier, HCWs/part-time workers will upraise their consciousness to a surroundings of self-control and discipline and to a highest grade infection control standard.