:smiletea: After some pondering and a lot of dressing up and back down at work tonight, I wonder, Do you ALL put people on contact iso if they have a hx. of mrsa, no matter what?? Often pts come in and have a wound or pneumonia or diarrhea. Tests are run, one to two days later, whammo, they have MRSA, or cdiff and they are rushed into a pvt. room, contact iso. How smart isTHAT??? or they come in and four years ago they had MRSA pneumonia, but are in for stomach pains, yet they get put in contact iso with droplet precautions... If we all use universal precautions and they dont have TB, active cough, etc, and if MRSA is truly the staph of today and everyone gets or has it, and if all RN's nostrils probably carry MRSA anyway, why do we do this??? Im still fairly new, but don't you wonder? Havent you also seen docs and family members go in and out without the gowns, gloves and masks?? Lets get real, havent we, as nurses, sometimes done the same in a hurry? But we always wash, we always take precautions around body fluids, etc.
So what does your facility do? What do YOU do>>>???