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Table 2 Elements of contact precautions according to colonising pathogen

From: Screening and contact precautions – A survey on infection control measures for multidrug-resistant bacteria in German university hospitals

Contact precautions ESBL-E (N = 7) VRE (N = 8) MRSA (N = 8)
Single room or cohorting, gloves, gowns, masks and hair cover 1 0 2
Single room or cohorting, gloves, gowns and masks 1 2 3
Single room or cohorting, gloves and gowns 4a 3a 3
Single room or cohorting, gowns 0 1 0
Only single room or cohorting 0 1 0
Only gloves and gowns 1 1 0
  1. ESBL-E extended-spectrum ß-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae, VRE vancomycin-resistant Enterococci, MRSA methicillin-resistant S. aureus
  2. aOne site additionally stated, that masks are applied in case of colonisation with ESBL-E or VRE in the upper respiratory tract