Hospitals should use COVID-19 insights to revamp infection control policies, review suggests 

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Hospitals should use insights to revise "outdated" infection prevention and control policies, a review published in Annals of Internal Medicine Nov. 9 suggested. 

Current infection control measures are based on a "false simplification" of respiratory virus transmission, Michael Klompas, MD, lead review author, told U.S. News and World Report

An understanding of other factors, such as duration of exposure and ventilation, will allow leaders to make more informed decisions about infection control measures within their systems.

Three key recommendations: 

  • Consider using N95 masks in the care of all patients with respiratory infections, and not only during aerosol-generating procedures.

  • Allocate airborne-infection isolation rooms for patients with respiratory infections and a high viral load.

  • Review minimum ventilation standards, and consider increasing standards for non-clinical areas.
 

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