“New Expert Guidance on Contact Precautions for Drug-Resistant Infections”

“New expert guidance released today by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) advises hospitals on determining when they can safely discontinue contact precautions for patients with multidrug-resistant bacteria. The framework, published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, addresses how long hospital staff should use these safety protocols to reduce the spread of potentially deadly organisms within the hospital, in most cases ranging from one to three negative cultures prior to discontinuation. The guidance also outlines the use of molecular testing that is guiding these care decisions.”

Source: Infection Control Today


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