Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.3396/ijic.v16i1.003.20
Title: Outbreak response management of a COVID-19 patient diagnosed on an open ward in Singapore
Authors: Pada, Surinder Kaur 
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: International Federation of Infection Control
Citation: Pada, Surinder Kaur (2020). Outbreak response management of a COVID-19 patient diagnosed on an open ward in Singapore. International Journal of Infection Control 16 (1). ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3396/ijic.v16i1.003.20
Abstract: We describe events leading to and actions taken to address a newly diagnosed COVID-19 case, admitted as dengue on the general ward. A risk Stratification strategy of patients into high, medium and low risk was considered for the isolation and COVID-19 swabbing strategies. Additional measures for cleaning and ward lockdown were also employed. There were a total of 191 exposures; 68 staff, 39 inpatients and the rest were community contacts. There was no transmission of COVID-19 in the 14 days following exposure, suggesting that a universal surgical mask and hand hygiene strategy in place at that time was sufficient in preventing transmission. The built environment of adequate bed-space and natural ventilation were other important considerations.
Source Title: International Journal of Infection Control
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/208897
ISSN: 19969783
DOI: 10.3396/ijic.v16i1.003.20
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