I have recently started working on an oncology unit and have noticed that only certain people wear masks when entering the neutropenic pts room. I am wondering if there is an intermediate protocol between normal procedures and complete reverse isolation. What is your hospital's policy for contact with neutropenic patients?
Also, neutropenic pts cannot have fresh fruit or salads...I find it very ironic that after eating a big hospital cafeteria salad yesterday on lunch, I came home with a cramping abdomen and later an unpleasant episode with emesis. I think I could contribute to some evidence-based practice!
My final question: Does anyone know of any evidence-based practice r/t the diet and contact precautions with neutropenic pts?
(I promise to share the research I find too...I just have to post a question for a paper assignment. ) Thanks.