I'm in nursing school and a newbie CNA at the hospital. But I have some questions about precautions used with MRSA, VRE, and C-diff because we have been having several patients on precautions. But I'm getting some conflicting info about it.
- If you are walking in to a room even a little bit with any of these, do you need gown/gloves or is it just when contacting patient?
- Why do room doors not need closed when there is a patient with these? Is it because it is not airborne?
- Is it true that if MRSA is in a closed wound you don't need the same precautions?
- Is it ever acceptable to reuse isolation gowns if you hang it just inside the door?
It all just seems very confusing. One of our aides said she was told that for one patient it was in the GI tract and if we weren't in contact with GI material then we were ok w/out gowns. But there is always a chance of the pt vomiting, right? It is my inclination to wear a gown always in these rooms, but when we were running short on isolation gowns (seems to be a constant thing!) there was an encouragement from the aides to either skip the gown or hang the ones we used just inside the door to re-use and to just keep track of whose gown was whose.