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Repeat point-prevalence nxidod surveys at routine intervals or at time of patient discharge or transfer until transmission has ceased. Clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment that may be contaminated with pathogens, including those that are in close proximity to the patient e.

When possible, distinguish colonization from infection in analysis of these data. Develop, implement, and monitor action plans to correct system failures. Nevertheless, various combinations of control elements selected under the guidance of knowledgeable content experts have repeatedly reduced MDRO transmission rates in a variety of healthcare settings.

Alternatively, place contaminated reusable items in a plastic bag for transport and subsequent cleaning and disinfection. For ill residents e. Limit decolonization of HCP found to be colonized with Ncidpd to persons who have been epidemiologically linked as a likely source of ongoing transmission to patients.

Healthcare personnel transporting patients who are on Airborne Precautions do not need to wear a mask or respirator during transport if the patient is wearing a mask and infectious skin lesions are covered.

If noncritical patient-care equipment e. Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that reusable patient care equipment is cleaned and reprocessed appropriately before use on another patient.

Review the role of antimicrobial use in perpetuating the MDRO problem targeted for intensified intervention. Ensure availability of human and fiscal resources to provide clinical microbiology laboratory support, including a sufficient number of medical technologists trained in microbiology, appropriate to the healthcare setting, for monitoring transmission of microorganisms, planning and conducting epidemiologic investigations, and detecting emerging pathogens.

Use temporary portable solutions e. In ambulatory settingsplace contaminated reusable noncritical patient-care equipment in a plastic bag for transport to a soiled utility area for reprocessing. Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir. General recommendations for all healthcare settings independent of the prevalence of multidrug resistant organism MDRO infections or the population served.

After contact with inanimate objects including medical equipment in the immediate vicinity of the patient. Obtain environmental cultures e. Discontinue Contact Precautions after signs and symptoms of the infection have resolved or according to pathogen-specific recommendations in Appendix A.


Involve infection control personnel in decisions on facility construction and design, determination of AIIR and Protective Environment capacity needs and environmental assessments. Those most at risk are people, especially older adults, who take antibiotics and also get medical care.

For MDRO colonized or infected patients without draining wounds, diarrhea, or uncontrolled secretions, establish ranges of permitted ambulation, socialization, and use of common areas based on their risk to other patients and on the ability of the colonized or infected patients to observe proper hand hygiene and other recommended precautions to contain secretions and excretions.

The following recommendations apply to the use of needles, cannulas that gog needles, and, where applicable, intravenous delivery systems. Place together cohort patients who are presumed to have the same infection based on clinical presentation nccidod diagnosis when known in areas of the facility that are away from other patients, especially patients who are at increased risk for infection e.

Administrative Measures Recommendation Category V. Use masks according to Standard Precautions when performing splash-generating procedures e. Identify persons with experience in infection control and the epidemiology of MDRO, either in house or through outside consultation, for assessment of the local MDRO problem and for the design, implementation, and evaluation of appropriate control measures.

Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) Management

Provide education and training on risks and prevention of MDRO transmission during orientation and periodic educational updates for healthcare personnel; include information on organizational experience with MDROs and prevention strategies. In long-term care and other residential settingsmake decisions regarding patient placement on a case-by-case basis after considering infection risks to other patients in the room and available alternatives.

CDC is working to better understand the true number of infections caused by these organisms in the US. No recommendation for use of particulate respirators when leaving the Protective Gv in the absence of construction. No recommendation is made regarding the type of personal protective equipment i.

Use Standard Precautions for patients known to be infected or colonized with target MDROs, making sure that gloves and gowns are used for contact ncudod uncontrolled secretions, pressure ulcers, draining wounds, stool incontinence, and ostomy tubes and bags. Implement Airborne Precautions for patients who require a Protective Environment room and who also have an airborne infectious disease e. Suggested for implementation and rhqp by suggestive clinical or epidemiologic studies or a theoretical rationale.


Routine donning of gowns upon entrance into a high risk unit e. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are likely to be contaminated with pathogens, including those that are in close proximity to the patient e.

Establish a baseline e.

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Avoid placing patients on Droplet Precautions in the same room with patients who have conditions that may increase the risk of adverse outcome from infection or that may facilitate transmission e. Swabs from several sites may be placed in the same selective broth tube prior to transport. Change protective attire and perform hand hygiene between contact with patients in the same room, regardless of whether one or both patients are on Contact Precautions.

Masks are not otherwise recommended for prevention of MDRO transmission from nciddod to healthcare personnel during routine care e. Recommendations for healthcare workers can be found at Ebola For Clinicians.

Isolation Precautions

See Background for discussion of options. The physical action of washing and rinsing hands under such circumstances is recommended because alcohols, chlorhexidine, iodophors, and other antiseptic agents have poor activity against spores. Prevent contamination of clothing and skin during the process of removing PPE see Figure.

Refer to state or local regulations that may apply upon closure of hospital units or services. Monitor the incidence of epidemiologically-important organisms and targeted HAIs that have substantial impact on outcome and for which effective preventive interventions are available; use information collected through surveillance of high-risk populations, procedures, devices and highly transmissible infectious agents to detect transmission of infectious agents in the healthcare facility IA III.

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Wear a gown whenever anticipating that clothing will have direct contact with the patient or potentially contaminated environmental surfaces or equipment in close proximity to the patient. Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir. Ensure that patients are physically separated i. Make preventing transmission of infectious agents a priority for the healthcare organization.

Target all healthcare personnel for education nicdod training, including but not limited to medical, nursing, clinical technicians, laboratory staff; property service housekeepinglaundry, maintenance and dietary workers; students, contract staff and volunteers.