Impact of Reduced Isolation and Contact Precaution Procedures on Infection Rates and Facility Costs at a Non-Profit Acute Care Hospital

      BACKGROUND: Contact precautions (CP) and isolation are commonly used to reduce transmission and infection risk due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Despite potential negative impacts on the quality of nursing care, patient satisfaction, and CP-associated costs, lack of clarity regarding CP use in non-infected carriers and the absence of conservative alternatives continue to drive its practice.
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