The interrelationship of isolation precautions and adverse events in an acute care facility

Am J Infect Control. 2011 Mar;39(2):154-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.04.213.


It has been well documented that patients placed in isolation precautions are at an increased risk of experiencing adverse events. Medically relevant incident reports are one way to determine whether an adverse event has occurred. We compared these reports in isolated and nonisolated patients. We found a statistically significant increased rate of adverse events in patients in isolation precautions.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Systems
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Patient Isolation / methods*
  • Patient Isolation / statistics & numerical data
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Management* / statistics & numerical data