Respiratory Isolation And Other Special Precautions

As discussed above, patients with suspected respiratory virus should be placed in isolation rooms with negative airflow to reduce the possibility of airborne spread of these viruses to other patients. Visitors with any symptoms of respiratory infection should not be allowed to visit the oncology ward. Mild illness in a visitor could result in devastating infection in one or more patients.

Documented or suspected tuberculosis or primary varicella (chickenpox) also require respiratory isolation. Hospitals vary in their infection control measures for resistant pathogens such as MRSA, VRE, and mul-tiresistant Gram-negative bacteria.

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