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Our data, relevant to other centers caring for patients from Syria, show that contact isolation at the time of admission of patients from Syria is crucial for preventing transmission of MDR pathogens.
In our vignette, objective criteria might include searching for measurable standards regarding required contact isolation items needed in patient rooms, an inventory of the items posted on the door, and acceptable ways of communicating and addressing one another in a civil and professional manner.
Soiled linen hampers are only used for disposal of over-gowns in contact isolation scenarios.
However, actively screening for MRSA and using contact isolation measures with contagious patients does decrease the number of severe infections.
Another strategy, the "search-and-destroy" method of MDR infection management, involves active surveillance via frequent screening of patient cultures and contact isolation for anyone infected or colonized with MDR gram-negative bacteria.
Table 2 SUGGESTIONS FOR DEALING WITH A NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK * Nurse patients in contact isolation * Group symptomatic patients where possible * Avoid/limit patient movements from ward/infected area where possible * Limit staff movements from area of infection * Infected staff members should be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to work * All staff, visitors, patients should wash their hands when leaving a ward/infected area.
Different types of contact isolation are required for different manifestations of the infection -- for example, drainage and secretion isolation for patients with a draining wound.
Current infection control programs call for pathogen surveillance, diligent hand washing and patient contact isolation in order to slow the spread of these bacteria.
Some examples of preventive strategies include hygiene, contact isolation, and in certain cases, screening surveillance.
The patient has remained in contact isolation since admission.