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What is done to prevent bacterial infections in the ICU?

Certain infections are screened for in the ICU setting.  For example, MRSA  and C. Diff infections are typically screened for.  Special precautions are entertained for patients that have had a past history of infections such as those listed above.  For those who have a documented infection, the ICU infectious disease control officer will determine what needs to be done to avoid spread of infection.  This may include gowning, gloving and placing a surgical mask.  Of course, the well known precautions should be followed with all patients:  special handling of blood products, washing hands, cleaning surfaces and door knobs, etc. 

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