Standard Precautions

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This is a training module for volunteers at the Open Door clinic.

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Standard Precautions

  1. 1. Standard Precautions Volunteer Training Module Open Door Clinic
  2. 2. What are Standard Precautions? • Standard Precautions are a set of infection control practices that healthcare personnel use to reduce transmission of microorganisms in healthcare settings. • Standard Precautions protect both healthcare personnel and patients from contact with infectious agents.
  3. 3. Standard Precautions Include
  4. 4. Personal Protective Equipment Gloves You should use gloves when hands may become contaminated with blood, body fluids, excretions, or secretions or when touching mucous membranes or non-intact skin, or contaminated surfaces or objects.
  5. 5. • Put on new gloves before contact with non-intact skin or mucous membranes • Wear gloves during contact with bodily fluids or contaminated items • Remove gloves after caring for a patient - do not wear the same gloves for more than one patient • Do not reuse or wash gloves • Don’t forget hand hygiene after removing gloves. Gloves are not a replacement for hand hygiene
  6. 6. Personal Protective Equipment Masks, Eye Protection, and Face Shields Wear a mask and eye protection, or a face shield, during procedures that are likely to generate splashes or sprays of blood, bodily fluids, secretions, and excretions.
  7. 7. Personal Protective Equipment Gowns • Wear a gown during procedures that are likely to generate splashes or sprays of blood, bodily fluids, secretions, or excretions. • Secure gown appropriately. • Remove a soiled gown as soon as possible, and practice hand hygiene after removing the gown.
  8. 8. Quick Check Summary What are Standard Precautions? What is PPE? When should you use PPE?

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