PPE if there is a risk of contamination of skin or clothing by exposure to microorganisms, body fluids or contaminated equipment
Cleaning of patient care equipment between patients and prior to removal from the patient care environment.
Droplet Contact Precautions
Eye protection or face shield
IPAC does not routinely recommend cohorting patients on additional precautions. Whenever possible, patients on additional precautions should be managed in single-patient rooms.
If single patient rooms not available, use "matched" cohorting.
When single-patient rooms are not available, during times of peak activity or during outbreak conditions, it may be necessary to cohort patients with the same virus infection (matched cohort).
Cohorting must never compromise routine infection control practices.
Additional precautions must be applied individually for each patient within the cohort.
If "matched" cohorting has exhaused rooms, then use "mixed" cohorting.
When all other options have been exhausted, patients with ARI due to unknown or different respiratory viruses may be cohorted in a mixed cohort in multi-bed rooms without IPAC consult when the following patient criteria are met:
i) Flu A and Flu B negative
ii) No other infectious symptoms (e.g. diarrhea, rash)
Exceptions to mixed cohorting
For complete cohorting guideline please refer to the Inpatient Additional Precautions (Isolation) Requirements policy available on CHEOnet
This section covers precautions for the most common clinical syndromes
Contact IPAC if other questions
Clinical Syndrome-Based Precautions
This section covers precautions for the most common pathogens and diseases
Actinomycosis to Cytomegalovirus
Ebola to Human metapneumovirus
Influenza to Mycoplasma
Parvovirus to Whooping cough
Diseases to be reported immediately by telephone
Diseases to be reported by the next business day