SHEA Releases First-Ever Ronald McDonald House Infection Prevention Guidelines

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and Ronald McDonald House Charities have published a pioneering set of patient- and family-centric guidelines to improve infection control in Ronald McDonald Houses in SHEA's journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.


The guidelines include a set of health screening questionnaires for family members as well as guidance on hand hygiene, glove use, cough etiquette, bodily fluid precautions, basic hygiene practices and disinfecting practices. Guidelines are written in plain language and supported by simple diagrams.

This is the first time such recommendations have been released. Ronald McDonald houses provide a unique setting for infection control, as the facilities support patients and their families but do not provide medical services. Not much is known about infection prevention in such a setting, according to a news release.

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