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Isolation precautions

Nizam Damani

in Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Third edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199698356
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732126 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698356.003.0007
Isolation precautions

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The CDC has set out ‘standard precautions’ in isolation guidelines that should be part of the routine care of all patients irrespective of their infectious status. In addition to the application of standard precautions, health care workers should be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases both for their own protection and the protection of others. It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that there is adequate provision of hand-hygiene facilities and availability of personal protective equipment. This chapter discusses risk assessment for patient isolation, types of isolation, and practical issues and considerations.

Keywords: patient isolation; risk assessment; health care workers; personal protective equipment

Chapter.  10134 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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