Isolation Guidelines


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  • Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Organisms Infection or Colonization

    Isolation requirements

    • Disease: Multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacilli (e.g. Acinetobacter sp., Burkholderia cepacia, Enterobacter sp., Klebsiella sp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Serratia sp., Stenotrophomonas maltophilia)
    • Category: Contact
    • Duration of isolation: Duration of isolation is lifetime.
    • Comments: Contact Infection Control at (601) 984-2188 for further guidance. Patients with¬†cystic fibrosis¬†harboring Burkholderia cepacia in sputum should remain in Contact Precautions and should limit contact with other CF patients. See Infection Control Guidelines in Cystic Fibrosis.
    • Comments: Some patients become carriers of germs on their skin or in their GI tracks. Once they are colonized with these germs, they may remain colonized for years. They may transmit these germs to other patients if they are not placed in appropriate isolation precautions at the time of admission. These germs include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin- resistant Enterococci (VRE) and multi-drug resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDRO). Affected patients will be identified on the infection prevention page in the Invision computer system. This field can only be populated by personnel in the Department of Infection Prevention.