Are Contact Precautions ethically justifiable in contemporary hospital care

Published on Mar 1, 2019in Nursing Ethics1.957
· DOI :10.1177/0969733017709335
Joanna Harris1
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(UTAS: University of Tasmania),
Kenneth D. Walsh22
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(UTAS: University of Tasmania),
Susan Dodds14
Estimated H-index: 14
(UNSW: University of New South Wales)
Hospital infection control practices known as Contact Precautions are recommended for the management of people with pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or vancomycin-resis...
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