Part of Lesson Plan: Standard Precautions
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Why use standard precautions?
Infection can occur when there is a growth or spread of pathogens.
Pathogens are too small to see with the naked eye and are always present.
Pathogens can enter the body through a break in the skin or through the mucous membranes.
Pathogens can easily spread from one person to another or from inanimate objects to person.
Patients who have compromised health are more susecptiable to infection.
Standard precautions protect the patient and the healthcare provider.
Standard precautions - include the following procedures:
wearing masks, goggles or face shields
wearing shoe covers
Proper disposal of personal protective equipment.
HANDWASHING is the most important procedure in preventing spread of infection.