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Limiting the movement and transport of patients infected with virulent or epidemiologically important micro-organisms and ensuring that such patients leave their rooms only for essential purposes reduces opportunities for transmission of microorganisms in hospitals.
When patient transport is necessary, it is important that (1) appropriate barriers (e.g., masks, impervious dressings) are worn or used by the patient to reduce the opportunity for transmission of pertinent microorganisms to other patients, personnel, and visitors and to reduce contamination of the environment; (2) personnel in the area to which the patient is to be taken are notified of the impending arrival of the patient and of the precautions to be used to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious microorganisms; and, (3) patients are informed of ways by which they can assist in preventing the transmission of their infectious microorganisms to others. Patients on precautions should not be taken out of their isolation rooms for nonessential purposes. When it becomes necessary to transport the patient to another area of the hospital, appropriate barriers to prevent disease transmission should be utilized such as masks, gowns and gloves. These barriers should remain in place for the entire period the patient is out of the isolation room. Before transporting a patient on Airborne Precautions out of the isolation room, see Policy for Transporting Patients on Airborne Precautions.
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