Although most healthcare physicians routinely dread maneuvering gowns and gloves for their patients on contact precautions, this systematic review of the literature found the downside of contact precautions for patients. These included higher rates of anxiety and depression, lower satisfaction scores, less health care worker contact, and delays in care with more adverse events. We need to keep the risks and benefits of contact precautions in mind when determining who should (or should not) be on them (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.