Algorithm to reduce unnecessary isolation days in patients with a history of colonization by antimicrobial-resistant organisms.

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Algorithm to reduce unnecessary isolation days in patients with a history of colonization by antimicrobial-resistant organisms.

Am J Infect Control. 2013 Jul 20;

Authors: Mertz D, Nuri K, O'Neill C, Loeb M, Hamilton Health Sciences Infection Prevention and Control Team

Abstract
To determine the need of isolation precautions upon admission, we created and tested an algorithm based on a total of 474 patients with a history of carriage of an antibiotic-resistant organism. Using the algorithm upon patient admission reduced unnecessary isolations by almost 60% while maintaining a high sensitivity to predict persisting antibiotic-resistant organism colonization.

PMID: 23880117 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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