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Am J Infect Control. 1983 Dec;11(6):221-5.

Compliance with isolation technique.


We found that compliance with isolation precautions was less than optimal. It appeared that personnel were unaware of instances in which they had become contaminated. Increasing such awareness is indicated as an incentive to improve compliance. In addition, there were two areas in which education seemed to be indicated: for housekeeping staff to assure that they understood the need to contain infectious organisms within the isolation room as well as protecting themselves and for all personnel to identify the need for handwashing after removing gloves. Others have found that a careful monitoring program by an ICP can significantly reduce the overuse, but not underuse, of isolation. Such monitoring leads to considerable cost savings. We recommend that compliance with isolation technique be monitored on a periodic basis in other acute care institutions.

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