Isolation Precautions for Visitors

Publication Date: July 1, 2015

Key Points

Key Points

Given the limited scientific evidence on the subject, studies designed to evaluate the role of visitors in the horizontal transmission of pathogens should be performed.

Until the appropriate studies are performed, the use of isolation precautions among visitors should be guided by the specific pathogen, the underlying infectious condition, and the endemicity of the organism in both the hospital and the surrounding community.

These recommendations should be adapted to individual hospital needs and patient populations. Additionally, hospitals should consider writing policies regarding visitors only when they can be realistically enforced and regularly evaluated for compliance. Resources should be allocated to hospital infection pr

Recommendations

...ommendations

...rs should perform hand hygiene prior to ente...

...rdians/visitors with extended stay in a pati...

...situations, in which patients acqu...

...in which heightened horizontal trans...


...illin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and v...

For endemic situations with MRSA and VRE we r...

...s to patients with MRSA or VRE will be interacti...

...Note: This might be the case for visitors o...


...esistant Gram-negative Organis...

...on of contact precautions should be considered fo...


Enteric Pathogens

...of patients infected with enteric pa...


...et Precautions...

...to rooms of patients on droplet precauti...


...irborne Precau...

...visitors to patients on airborne precautions...