Temporary suspension of visiting during norovirus outbreaks in NHS Boards and the independent care home sector in Scotland: a cross-sectional survey of practice

Kay Currie, E. Curran, Evelyn Strachan, Donald Bunyan, Lesley Price

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Abstract

Norovirus outbreaks cause significant patient distress and adversely affect healthcare service delivery. Measures to manage outbreaks include controlling patient/staff movement and advising visitors of the risks of infection; temporary suspension of visiting (TSV) is advocated by some. Factors influencing the use of TSV have not previously been reported. The aim of this study is to describe current practice in Scotland regarding TSV during norovirus outbreaks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-258
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume92
Issue number3
Early online date6 Nov 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Norovirus outbreaks
  • suspended visiting
  • outbreak management

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