Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Contact Precautions for control of Endemic Pathogens- Pro/Con Debate, ID Week 2016

I had the great pleasure and honor to debate Dr. Daniel Morgan (University of Maryland) today at ID Week 2016 on the pro/con of contact precautions for controlling endemic pathogens. Dr. Morgan was masterful.

I argued the 'con' perspective, specifically for not isolating patients with MRSA or VRE infection/colonization. This is what we practice at VCU Health. The VCU experience is summarized here and here.  A collaborative perspective on the topic is summarized here.

The winner of today's debate? You will have to ask the members of the audience.

I enjoyed it thoroughly.