G_IPC_28 Management of Patients in Isolation
Historical and current evidence indicates that the isolation of patients with suspected or proven infection is effective in reducing transmission of infections to others. Whilst the risk of transmission differs between types of infection, the need to separate infected patients from the general population applies in all cases. The purpose of isolation is to control, confine and minimize the spread of potential or known pathogenic or epidemiologically important micro-organisms.
If isolation is to be considered the advantages and disadvantages should be fully considered and a risk assessment undertaken.