“The final tip I want to give you, is just to be as consistent as you can,” said Dr. Sandora. “It’s a little bit difficult because everything in life is case-by-case, but the more consistent you can be, the better this will come off.” It’s important to understand that everything should be done on a case-by-case basis, and so a “blanket application to every patient” will probably not work, but being consistent in the way to approach these strategies and handle family expectations is essential.
“I think individualized rules can be developed to help support family-centered care, while at the same time trying to minimize the risk of transmission of these organisms. I think it’s really important to try to maintain consistency of your core principles, whatever they are, even in the face of the necessary flexibility that you have to have in considering each individual case, and the most important thing is to try and communicate your expectations clearly to families and staff,” Dr. Sandora concluded.
SOURCE: SHEA Spring 2017 Conference
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