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Variability of Contact Precaution Policies in US Emergency Departments

  • Daniel J. Pallin (a1), Carlos A. Camargo (a2), Deborah S. Yokoe (a1), Janice A. Espinola (a2) and Jeremiah D. Schuur (a1)...
Abstract

Contact precautions policies in US emergency departments have not been studied. We surveyed a structured random sample and found wide variation; for example, 45% required contact precautions for stool incontinence or diarrhea, 84% for suspected Clostridium difficile, and 79% for suspected methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. Emergency medicine departments and organizations should enact policies.

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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