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Isolation Precautions: Active Surveillance and Multidisciplinary Management Save Costs

      BACKGROUND: One of the main activities of the Infection Control Team (ICT) is to minimize the risk of transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms from colonized and/or infected patients to other patients or healthcare workers, by installing and monitoring compliance with precautions and isolations recommendations. Transmission-based precautions (TBP)—contact, droplets and airbone infection isolation—when not properly indicated, can increase costs and cause problems to patients. We aimed to evaluate the adequacy of TBP prescription in a 300-bed private hospital in Sao Paulo-Brazil, focusing on costs.
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