Hawke’s Bay DHB Infection Prevention and Control Advisor MARGARET DRURY shares some standard precautions to help prevent and contain an outbreak in an aged care facility.
- Hand washing or alcohol gel.
- Perform before and after touching the patient and their surroundings.
- Perform before and after contact with body fluids, e.g. blood, urine or bowel motions.
- Wear gloves before touching body fluids and broken skin.
- Always perform hand hygiene before and after removal.
Mask and eye protection
- Protect eyes, nose, and mouth during activities that cause splashes or sprays of body fluids.
- Wear during cares that may cause splashes or sprays of body fluids.
- For cleaning of beds, equipment and frequently touched surfaces, follow the facility’s cleaning guidelines.
- Discard into linen bins immediately to stop personal contamination and transfer of bugs/germs to other patients.
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