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Compliance With Isolation Precautions at a University Hospital

  • David J. Weber (a1) (a2), Emily E. Sickbert-Bennett (a1), Vickie M. Brown (a1), Rebecca H. Brooks (a1), Irene P. Kittrell (a1), Brenda J. Featherstone (a1), Tina L. Adams (a1) and William A. Rutala (a1) (a2)...


Compliance with isolation precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was evaluated in 3 hospital-wide observational surveys. The compliance rate, by type of isolation, was as follows: droplet transmission, 100% (4 observations); airborne transmission, 61.5% (13 observations); contact isolation, 73.3% (165 observations); and protective isolation, 73.6% (72 observations). As with hand hygiene, there is suboptimal compliance with recommended isolation precautions.


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