A new approach to the isolation of hospitalized patients with infectious diseases: Alternative systems

Robert W. Haley, Julia S. Garner, Bryan P. Simmons

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A new guideline developed by the Centers for Disease Control suggests that hospitals adopt one of two alternative isolation systems: the category system or the disease-specific system. The older category system has been modified to reflect current knowledge; for example, the category of protective isolation has been deleted, new categories for contact precautions and tuberculosis precautions have been added, the specific precautions indicated in the other categories have been substantially modified, and many infections have been assigned to new categories. The disease-specific system, a newly developed approach, lists the specific isolation precautions indicated for each infectious disease. Whereas the revised category system offers greater simplicity in practice, the disease-specific system minimizes unnecessary precautions. Both systems allow patient-care personnel more decision-making authority in determining which precautions to apply.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-139
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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