Start our own U.S. SARS tracking thread?

  1. What do you all think of us starting our own tracking for SARS here in the U.S.? Personally, if it is 100 or 200 miles from me, I want to know it ASAP. Not 2 days from now when it comes out in the local news.
    Each of us, being in hospitals, has advance notice of a SARS case and if one comes in, we could post it here.
    I think the Toronto situation must have the Northeast Medical Facilities scared spitless. With a 4-8 day incubation, in 2 weeks, New York City.....what is it 10 million people?....could be hit and hit hard...the news is not going to say much...fear of panicking people.
    Why panic? Stay home and buy lotsa clorox.
    Could we get out own SARS report ing thread going?
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Wouldn't that be breaching patient confidentiality if we were to post a case on a public BB?
  4. by   passing thru
    I don't know. Would it be a breach if I wrote....a patient was admitted to our hospital today with an acute respiratory illness?
  5. by   oramar
    you could just mention the city, not the hospital and you don't have to even say SARS
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    I don't see it as a breech of confidentiality if you are only tracking cases and not mentioning names.
    Maybe nobody is tracking it and we get this big reward from the CDC and everybody loves us even MORE than they do now.
  7. by   delirium
    There was a suspected SARS case in my hospital over the weekend. I'm in Maryland.

  8. by   SingingNurse2
    2 cases here in Raleigh, NC this week.
  9. by   passing thru
    Thanks for the replies. I'm going to post if I hear of anything.