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- Is it Standard or Droplet?
- I have read that N. Meningitides requires Droplet same with M. meningitis.Last edit by rex.jr_RN on Mar 1, '09
- However, for P. meningitis and N. meningitis require Standard.Last edit by rex.jr_RN on Mar 1, '09
- For Viral, can I assume that it requires standard, because AIDS, HEP B and HIV do require standard. Isnt it?Last edit by rex.jr_RN on Mar 1, '09
- Mar 13, '09 by ERjodiRNwhere i work we use droplet precautions on both viral and bacterial. we use droplet precautions on everyone with cold symptoms until cleared by an MD actually...because the last few flu seasons have been pretty bad. we ask anyone with a cough to wear a mask out in triage. it's all about infection control. while viral meningitis only requires standard per CDC protocols, you really don't want it to spread to you or the patient's family members because it is still an illness that is generally worse than the common cold. i've seen some really bad cases of viral, where the pt is completely disoriented and writhing in pain with high fevers. that one really did mimic most of the bacterial cases i have seen.....but the csf fluid results and quality are night and day. clear to lightly cloudy vs very cloudy to straight pus....high wbc and glucose counts too.
- Jul 15, '12 by musicgalAccording to the CDC, Only Haemophilius influenza (type B), Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcal), and invasive multi-drug resistant streptococcal types require droplet precautions. Fungal and other bacterial types only require standard precautions. However, until the organism is confirmed, I'm wearing a mask! Better safe than sorry :-)
CDC - 2007 Isolation Precautions - HICPAC