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CDC issues new patient isolation guidelines
It's official: 'Nosocomial' has left the building
[Editor's note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted its long-awaited (OK, long, long-awaited) new isolation guidelines at www.cdc.gov. Look for a complete analysis of key changes and additions along with ICP comments and reactions in a special report in the next issue of Hospital Infection Control. For immediate reference, the executive summary of the guidelines is summarized below.]
The "Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings 2007" updates and expands the "1996 Guideline for Isolation Precautions in Hospitals." The document's executive summary notes that the following developments led to revision of the 1996 guideline: