Transfer of Suspected or Confirmed Infectious Aerosol Transmissible Disease Patients

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 in Infection Prevention | 0 comments

Patients with potential or confirmed Aerosol Transmissible Disease that requires airborne isolation should be placed in an Airborne Infection Isolation Room (AIIR). (An AIIR is a room, area, booth, tent or other enclosure that is maintained at negative pressure to adjacent areas in order to control the spread of aerosolized M. tuberculosis and other airborne infectious pathogens.)

Upon identification of a potential or confirmed ATD, the patient will be placed into airborne isolation. If transfer to an AIIR room within the facility is required, this shall occur within five hours.

In the new patient care pavilion at Summit, we have several AIIRs equipped with negative pressure systems. However, in our Critical Care Units, we have none that have negative pressure.

When providing care for Summit patients who require Critical Care and require Airborne Isolation, the physician must transfer the patient to a facility that has fully functional AIIRs.


Where the treating physician determines that transfer would be detrimental to the patient’s condition, the patient need not be transferred.

  •  Employees who enter the room or area housing the individual are provided with and use, appropriate personal protective equipment and respiratory protection in accordance with 5144 (g).5199(e) (5) (B) (as above)
  •  The physician must document daily in the medical record the patient’s inability to tolerate transport.

By Joseph B. Marzouk, M.D., Chair Infection Control Committee &
Fred Deneau, CMS, CIC Manager Infection Control ABSMC

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