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J Hosp Infect. 1999 Sep;43(1):19-23.

The pros and cons of isolation and containment.

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  • 1Department of Infection Control, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, SA6 6NL, UK.


This paper is a review of isolation and containment models, policies and procedures. The arguments for and against various practices are outlined. The psychological effects of isolating patients in single rooms and new ideas for staff intervention are discussed. A modern, flexible approach is suggested.

Copyright 1999 The Hospital Infection Society.

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