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Discontinuation of Contact Isolation for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Using a Nurse Driven Clearing Algorithm

      BACKGROUND: Isolation precautions are used to disrupt the chain of transmission among patients; however, continued use in patients with minimal risk for transmission leads to increased costs coupled with patient and staff dissatisfaction. At our facility, patients with a history of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are placed in contact isolation for current and subsequent hospitalizations.
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