Discontinuing Contact Precautions For Multi-Drug Resistant Microorganisms In The Inpatient Setting
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Alexandre R. Marra (Alex Marra) is medical doctor (Infectious Diseases) at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a graduate of Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas de Santos, at Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil (MD). He completed internal medicine/infectious diseases residency at Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP/EPM). He completed a master science and doctoral post-graduation, also both at Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP/EPM). He then completed his post-doctoral in hospital epidemiology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU, Richmond, VA) with Dr. Mike Edmond. His areas of research focus on the epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections.

                       

Discontinuing Contact Precautions For Multi-Drug Resistant Microorganisms In The Inpatient Setting

Imagine that you are admitted to a hospital and acquire a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) due to the same bacteria that is causing an infection in a patient in a neighboring room. And to make matters worse, the HAI is due to a multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO). What happened? Could it have been avoided? Contact Precautions (CPs) are often used in the care of patients colonized or infected with resistant bacteria in order to prevent events like the one described in...

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