There is an important place for both the horizontal, as well as the vertical approach to preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each is important, and discerning when to use each strategy can be challenging. In August 2014, The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in Rochester, New York, made the decision to discontinue granting “special status” to MRSA and VRE at two of their hospitals by no longer requiring patients colonized or infected with these organisms to be placed on contact precautions.
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