Harold C. Sox, MD, Editor
Sox H.; A Triage Algorithm for Inhalational Anthrax. Ann Intern Med. 2003;139:379-381. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-139-5_Part_1-200309020-00014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(5_Part_1):379-381.
This issue contains a thoughtful effort to make the most of limited data on a subject of intense public concern: the diagnosis of inhalational anthrax. Soon after September 11, 2001, the United States had its first experience with bioterrorism. The attack was limited but deeply troubling because the perpetrators used the U.S. Postal Service, an accurate and reasonably quick delivery system, to disseminate anthrax spores. It is all too easy to imagine a more determined effort to spread anthrax: emergency departments filled with frightened people, some in the early stages of a deadly disease.
Hupert and colleagues address the problem of efficient, accurate triage of patients with suspected anthrax (1). In this commentary, I focus on the article's principal product: a triage algorithm for people who have symptoms of inhalational anthrax.
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Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Bioterrorism Infectious Agents.
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