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October 8, 2014

Reconsidering Isolation Precautions for Endemic Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Maryland School of Medicine, VA Maryland Healthcare System, Baltimore
  • 2Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
  • 3Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
  • 4University Health Center, Detroit, Michigan
  • 5Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City
JAMA. 2014;312(14):1395-1396. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10142

Gowns, gloves, and hand hygiene are primary tools for preventing transmission of pathogens in health care settings.1 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that these approaches be used for all patients as a part of standard precautions, which include hand hygiene on room entry and exit and after touching the environment or before touching a sterile site, and the addition of gloves, gowns, or both for patient care that involves risk for exposure to body fluids, mucous membranes, or nonintact skin.

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