Bringing the new isolation guideline into focus

  • Elaine Larson
    Reprint requests: Elaine Larson, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., University of Pennsylvania, Nursing Education Building/S2/429, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
    From the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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      In 1983 the Centers for Disease Control published a new Guideline for Isolation Precautions in Hospitals. This article briefly reviews some general principles of barrier techniques, compares the old and revised isolation guidelines, and discusses the difficulty in obtaining compliance with isolation practices.
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