Hospital patients isolated for infection control experience more preventable adverse incidents and report greater dissatisfaction with their treatment, says a new study by University of Toronto and Harvard University researchers.
"Isolated patients were twice as likely as control patients to experience adverse events during their hospitalization," says Professor Donald Redelmeier of U of Ts Department of Medicine. "Our most significant finding showed that they did not receive adequate supportive care – they were not given medication or food on time and their call buttons were not responded to promptly. These supportive care failures occurred about eight times more frequently for isolated patients than for the control group."
The study, published in the Oct. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the experiences of 450 adult patients – 234 at Sunnybrook and Womens College Health Sciences Center in Toronto and 216 at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, Mass. Redelmeier conducted the study with Henry Stelfox and David Bates of Harvard.
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