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Admission of a Terminally Ill Lung Cancer Patient With the Accidental Diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 to a Palliative Care Unit Resulting in a SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak.
Roch, Carmen; Vogel, Ulrich; Smol, Katharina; Pörner, Steffen; van Oorschot, Birgitt.
  • Roch C; University Hospital Würzburg.
  • Vogel U; University Hospital Würzburg.
  • Smol K; University of Würzburg.
  • Pörner S; University Hospital Würzburg.
  • van Oorschot B; University Hospital Würzburg.
Workplace Health Saf ; 69(12): 580-584, 2021 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1571726
ABSTRACT
The COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges for palliative care. Terminal patients cannot wear masks and may demonstrate unspecific symptoms reminiscent of those caused by COVID-19. This report is about a terminally ill patient with lung cancer who displayed fever, cough, and fatigue. During hospital admission screening, the patient tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. When admitting his wife to stay with him, she also had to test for SARS-CoV-2 and displayed a positive test result. Until the positive results were reported, six staff members were infected with SARS-CoV-2, even though they were routinely wearing respirators. This resulted in the palliative care unit having to be closed. Hospitals need strict and adequate testing and re-testing strategies even for intra-hospital transfers. Workers must strictly adhere to recommended respirator practices. Ventilation of patient rooms is essential due to the possible enrichment of particle aerosols containing viruses, as negative pressure rooms are not recommended in all countries.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: COVID-19 / Lung Neoplasms Type of study: Diagnostic study Limits: Female / Humans / Male Language: English Journal: Workplace Health Saf Year: 2021 Document Type: Article

Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: COVID-19 / Lung Neoplasms Type of study: Diagnostic study Limits: Female / Humans / Male Language: English Journal: Workplace Health Saf Year: 2021 Document Type: Article