Association Between Children's Hospital Visitor Restrictions and Healthcare-Associated Viral Respiratory Infections: A Quasi-Experimental Study

Hawa Forkpa, Angela H. Rupp, Stanford T. Shulman, Sameer J. Patel, Elizabeth L. Gray, Xiaotian Zheng, Maria Bovee, Larry K. Kociolek

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Abstract

We investigated the effect of annual winter visitor restrictions on hospital respiratory virus transmission. The healthcare-associated (HA) viral respiratory infection (VRI) transmission index (number of HA VRIs per 100 inpatient community-associated VRIs) was 59% lower during the months in which visitor restrictions were implemented. These data prompt consideration for instituting year-round visitor restrictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-243
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 30 2020

Keywords

  • enterovirus
  • healthcare-associated infection
  • respiratory virus
  • rhinovirus
  • visitors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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