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Higher incidence of adverse events in isolated patients compared with non-isolated patients: a cohort study.

Jiménez-Pericás F, Gea Velázquez de Castro MT, Pastor-Valero M, et al. BMJ Open. 2020;10(10):e035238.

Isolation for infection prevention and control, albeit necessary, may result in unintended consequences for patients (e.g., less attention, suboptimal documentation and communication, higher risk of preventable adverse events [AEs]). This prospective cohort study found that the incidence of all AEs and preventable AEs were significantly higher in isolated patients compared to non-isolated patients, primarily caused by healthcare-associated infections. These findings highlight the importance of training and safety culture when providing care to patients in isolation, particularly given the expanded use of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.