Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 95 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-April-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Apr-2003
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Interim guidance: Ground emergency medical transport for severe acute respiratory syndrome patients
The current outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has included reports of cases in southeast Asia, Europe, and North America; and has required ground emergency medical transport (EMT) services to move patients to medical facilities for assessment and care. This guidance is intended to assist EMT service providers to transport SARS patients while ensuring the safety of patients and transport personnel. These interim recommendations are based on standard infection control practices and available epidemiologic information regarding the transmission of SARS.  more

Too few doctors know how to respond to a terrorist attack
Not enough medical staff are aware of their role in the event of a terrorist attack, according to a letter in this week's BMJ. more


New cervical smear tests perform no better than conventional tests
New cervical smear tests are unreliable and should not replace conventional tests (PAP smears) according to a study in this week's BMJ.  more

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Flash report: new data from China as ministry of health begins daily electronic reporting
Data just received from the Chinese Ministry of Health have changed the cumulative number of reported cases posted earlier today at the WHO SARS web site. more

WHO health briefing on Iraq for April 4, 2003
The World Health Organization is receiving reports of growing numbers of civilian casualties, in and around Baghdad, Basra and many other towns in southern and central Iraq. The International Committee of the Red Cross reports a particularly disturbing situation in the town of Al Hillah, where some 280 people are reported to have been injured.  more

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