The effect of contact precautions on frequency of hospital adverse events.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Contact precautions are essential to preventing the spread of health care–associated infections. Health care workers visit patients on contact precautions less often, and this has raised concerns about reduced vigilance increasing the risk of adverse events. This case-control study found that patients on contact precautions were actually less likely to experience noninfectious adverse events, allaying concerns about unintended consequences.