I work in a hospital and recently we had a patient who was put on airborne isolation (Rule out TB). The patient is not on 1:1 but I was just wondering would you do it. Wearing N95 mask is so uncomfortable! Does anyone have such experience?
The point is that they do not need 1:1 for airbourne.
I work an immunosuppression unit with great ratios, and never seen 1:1 for airbourne.....in fact, for some treatments, we are required to use the hepafilter machines with hoods,
gown, glove and shoe covers, and it still does not make it 1:1.
We do often have them as ICU, which may make them 1:1. And I have spent 4-6 hours at a time in the room with all the above gear and the hepafilter/hood. You learn to deal with it. Though, I sweated like the dickens.
1:1 for airborne precautions is totally not needed. In fact, You would be sitting around most of the day, unless your patient was also a very very ill ICU patient. And the N95 mask may be uncomfortable, but getting the disease the patient has would be a lot more uncomfortable over time.