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HELP Please! Splashes and Splatters

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I know the major diseases associated with each form of isolation precautions ie. TB, measles, varicella are put on airborne precautions...but I have some specific questions about infection control. see below

say you have a contact precaution patient such a patient with MRSA....

what would you consider a splash or spattering?

bronchoscopy, intubation, colostomy, mouth care - in addition to contact precautions (donning gloves and gown) would you use a mask and goggles/face mask for these procedures?

would mouth care, or suctioning generate splashes? I know nclex is probably going to ask tricky questions like this!

Any other procedures considered a splash or splatter?

Mike A. Fungin RN

Specializes in Trauma ICU, Peds ICU.

I know the major diseases associated with each form of isolation precautions ie. TB, measles, varicella are put on airborne precautions...but I have some specific questions about infection control. see below

say you have a contact precaution patient such a patient with MRSA....

what would you consider a splash or spattering?

bronchoscopy, intubation, colostomy, mouth care - in addition to contact precautions (donning gloves and gown) would you use a mask and goggles/face mask for these procedures?

would mouth care, or suctioning generate splashes? I know nclex is probably going to ask tricky questions like this!

Any other procedures considered a splash or splatter?

I'd consider everything you listed (bronch, intubation, colostomy, mouth care) a splash/splatter for NCLEX testing purposes. Real world, I'd take it case by case.

I'll never forget when I was an EMT watching my CCT nurse suction a trach w/o eye protection. The patient coughed and she got a half-inch diameter mucous plug launched into her right eye. You never know, don't take a chance.

Ewwww! okay - that helps Thanks! I don't want to miss any of my infection control questions tomorrow!

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