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Appendix I2: Summary of Recommendations for Expanded Precautions

Supplement I: Infection Control in Healthcare, Home, and Community Settings

Public Health Guidance for Community-Level Preparedness and Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Version 2/3


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Contact Precautions
  • Single patient room (preferred)
  • Gloves for all contact with patient and environment of care
  • Isolation gown for all patient contact
Droplet Precautions
  • Single patient room (preferred)
  • Surgical mask within 3 feet of patient
  • Eye protection within 3 feet of patient with SARS -CoV
Airborne Infection Isolation
  • Private room with monitored negative air pressure relative to surrounding areas and 6-12 air exchanges per hour
  • Appropriate discharge of the air to the outdoors or monitored high-efficiency filtration of room air before recirculation
  • Doors closed except as needed for entry and exit
  • NIOSH-approved respiratory protection (e.g., N-95 respirator) for entry to rooms of patients with infectious pulmonary or laryngeal M. tuberculosis, draining skin lesions with M. tuberculosis, SARS-CoV disease, smallpox, and viral hemorrhagic fevers.


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