How do I know what type of precautions to use? • Standard Precautions • Used with all patients
How do I know what type of precautions to use? • Airborne Precautions • Microorganisms transmitted by airborne droplets nuclei • Small-article residue 5 microns or smaller in size of evaporated droplets containing microorganisms that remain suspended in the air and can be widely dispersed by air
How do I know what type of precautions to use? • Droplet Precautions • Microorganisms transmitted by droplets • Large particle droplets larger than 5 microns in size • Can be generated during coughing, sneezing, talking, or the performance procedures
Droplet Precautions Bordetella pertussis Source: CDC
How do I know what type of precautions to use? • Contact Precautions • Infected or colonized with epidemiologically important microorganisms that can be transmitted by direct contct with the patient • Hand or skin-to-skin contact that occurs when performing patient-care activities that • require touching the patient’s dry skin • Or indirect contact (touching) with environmental surfaces or patient-care items in the patient’s environment.
Contact Precautions Staphylococcus Staphylococcus on cheek