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New guidelines would limit the spread antimicrobial-resistant infections in hospitals
Modern Healthcare

New guidance offers hospitals the first standardized recommendations on ending safety protocols when treating patients for multidrug-resistant infections.

The guidance suggests clinicians determine how long they should use gowns, gloves and masks when treating patients with antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, as well as deciding how long those patients should remain in isolation.

Co-author Dr. Gonzolo Bearman, chair of the division of Infectious Diseases at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, said most clinical research has focused on proper protocols at the beginning and throughout the treatment of a patient. But there’s been little information on the safest way to end such precautions. That’s led to varying procedures and potentially, spread of infection and overuse of antibiotics.

The recommendations from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America were published Thursday in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology