Discontinuing Contact Precautions For Multi-Drug Resistant Microorganisms In The Inpatient Setting
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Michael B. Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA, is the chief quality officer and associate chief medical officer for University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and clinical professor of infectious diseases at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. He previously served as the Richard P. Wenzel professor of internal medicine, chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and hospital epidemiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

Dr. Edmond’s areas of research focus on the epidemiology of health care-associated infections and the public policy implications of infection prevention.

                       

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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