Isolating patients in intensive care units (ICUs) who are positive for
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
in single rooms or cohorts does not reduce cross-infection, even when coupled
with standard precautionary measures, researchers from the United Kingdom
concluded (Cepeda et al. Lancet. 2005;365:295-304).
These findings and the potential risks associated with moving and isolating
critically ill patients suggest that a reevaluation of hospital isolation
policies and the development of additional preventive measures are necessary,
according to the study’s authors.
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