letter in the latest Clinical Infectious Diseases from Dan Morgan and Kathy Kirkland on contact precautions. They surveyed 34 infectious diseases physicians at a meet-the-professor session at the 2011 Infectious Diseases Society of America Meeting. Interestingly, only 38% believed that contact precautions prevent transmission of multidrug resistant organisms, and 74% felt that contact precautions may actually harm patients. The sample size of the survey was small and perhaps there's bias in that the participants had selected to attend a session on contact precautions, but the findings are intriguing. I suspect that some day in the future people will find photographs of healthcare workers wrapped in plastic as weird as we now find the plague doctor outfit.
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