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  1. Langford, Denise BS, MT (ASCP), CIC
  2. Williams, Valarie RN


The purpose of this article is to educate the reader on extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing bacteria and why contact isolation practices are necessary within a health care facility to prevent the spread of these bacteria, which can potentially cause life-threatening infections. Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are discussed, including isolation practices utilized at a multihospital health care system.