Single-Patient ICU Rooms Decrease Infection Acquisition

February 2011
Pulmonary Reviews;Feb2011, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p21
The article reports that intensive care unit (ICU) single rooms can help in isolating and reducing the spread of hospital infections. Researchers from the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) in Montreal, Canada found that the rate of infection acquisition declined by 50 percent for dangerous bacteria such as Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The study also notes that private ICU rooms contribute to patients' decreased length of stay in hospitals resulting in cost savings to the U.S. healthcare system.


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