The study was done over a five years period at Montreal General Hospital. Isolation of patients in private rooms is a common infection control recommandation intended to limit the transmission of infectious organism to patients and facilitating control practices by health care workers. However, most of our Quebec hospitals are old with ,mostly, shared rooms for patients; not to mention emergency wards regularly overcrowded: the best place for germs to be spread!
Last August 2010, a report from the INSPQ - Quebec National Health Institute - gave the same recommandations specifying that the cost of building single rooms would largely be compensated over a period of 3 to 4 years by the drop of infection rates and their associated heavy treatment costs.
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