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Droplet precautions on site instead of single room isolation for respiratory tract infections

  • Rami Sommerstein (a1), Tiago Castro Lopes Azevedo (a1), Christina Aerschmann (a1), Fabienne Hobi (a1), Martin Egger (a2) and Jonas Marschall (a1)...


We introduced a pragmatic concept of on site droplet precautions instead of single room isolation for rural hospitals in a tiered network. A survey among healthcare workers revealed that this approach was considered comprehensive, safe, and acceptable. This concept could be an alternative for hospitals with few single rooms available for isolation.


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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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