You are caring for a patient who is in a semi-private room with another patient. You just recieved a call from the lab that your MRSA screening came back positive. What would be the most appropriate action at this time?


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- Move the patient to a different semi-private which is occupied by a patient who also has MRSA

- Transfer the patient to the intensive care unit

- Place the patient on droplet precautions in a private room

- Place the patient on airborne precautions in a private room


It is appropriate for patients with the same microorganism to share semi-private rooms or be place in a private room. This patient would not require airborne or droplet precautions, and screening positive for MRSA alone does not require a transfer to the intensive care unit.

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