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Key Points ➤ This expert guidance document provides recommendations regarding discontinuation of contact precautions (CP) at the individual patient level in acute-care hospitals employing CP for 1 or more of the following organisms: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), Clostridium difficile (CDI), and multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (MDR-E), including carbapenem- resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)–producing organisms. ➤ Recommendations herein are based on synthesis of limited evidence, theoretical rationale, current practices, practical considerations, the opinion of the writing group, consideration of potential harms, and a survey of 134 institutions within the SHEA Research Network, 26% of which are outside the United States and Canada.

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