January 19, 2018

SHEA issues new guidance on contact precautions

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) on January 11 released new expert guidance on contact precautions for patients with multidrug-resistant bacterial infections.

The guidance advises hospitals on when they can safely discontinue contact precautions, including use of gowns, gloves, and masks. In most cases, this ranges from one to three negative cultures before discontinuation.

The guidance also outlines the use of molecular testing to guide care decisions.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2018; 10 a.m. ET Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Contact: Tamara Moore / tmoore@thereisgroup.com / 202-868-4008 Recommendations on duration and discontinuation aimed at improving hospital policies NEW YORK (January 11, 2018) – New expert guidance released today by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America advises hospitals on determining when they can safely discontinue contact precautions for patients with multi-drug resistant bacteria.

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