439. Knowledge and Attitudes of Visitors to Patients in Contact Isolation
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Occupational Health
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Room: SDCC Poster Hall F-H
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  • Background:

    There is limited literature on the impact of isolation on visitors of patients in isolation rooms.  The goal of our study was to survey visitors of patients in contact isolation to understand their knowledge and attitudes about it.


    This study was undertaken at a tertiary care center.  It was approved by the Institutional Review Board.  A randomized list of the hospital units and patients in contact isolation was generated daily.  Surveys were distributed to the visitors of those patients based on the randomized unit list.  A total of 100 surveys were given.  Sixty-nine of the surveys were given directly to visitors present at the time.  The remaining thirty one were given to the patient and completed when the visitor arrived at a later time.   The surveys were collected anonymously in boxes.


    The response rate was 25%.  Fifty-nine percent of the respondents were female.  Thirty-six percent had completed high school, 20% had completed some college, and another 36% had completed college.  Fifty-two percent were family members of pediatric patients.  Seventy-five percent of the visitors who responded stated that they were aware that contact isolation is used to prevent the spread of infection from patients to other patients and visitors, 96% knew that contact isolation prevented spread of infection by touch.  Eighty-eight percent of respondents knew why the patient they were visiting was in contact isolation.  Sixty-one percent of the time they stated that a nurse explained the reason and 28% of the time, a physician.  None of the respondents were scared to visit someone in contact isolation.  Seventy-five percent agreed that contact isolation improves patient care.


    This survey showed that visitors were knowledgeable about contact isolation and were often educated by both nursing staff and doctors.  Most of the participants had positive responses about contact isolation. This emphasizes the importance of communication with patients and visitors on the use of contact isolation and its role in protecting our patients, health care workers, and public.

    Nasira Roidad, MD, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV and Rashida Khakoo, MD, MACP, Medicine, West Virginia University Section of Infectious Diseases, Morgantown, WV


    N. Roidad, None

    R. Khakoo, None

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