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

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