CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccine/COVID19
Prevention is Better than Cure.So how do we prevent Communicable Diseases?.
First of all the “New Normal “is to wear your mask when going out.
1.When entering your patient’s room .Pay attention to the precautions sign on patient’s door. Do not ignore that sign.
Standard Precautions with all patients is the gold standard.
2.Be upto date with your immunization status. Get immunization for the communicable disease that you are not protected from. Follow your school policy if you are a nursing student.I remembered that I got all the required shots in my school as we were about to start our clinical. Then also your new employer through human resources will direct you on what their requirements are.
3.If blood, and body fluid may splash wear mask,gown,goggles and gloves. Dispose sharps in a designated sharp containers .Do not put sharp objects such as knife and needle in a regular trash .
4.All gloves should be removed in patient room and wash your hands thoroughly. If hands are not invisibly soiled use hands sanitizer. But if hands are visibly soiled use soap and water.
WHAT ARE STANDARD PRECAUTIONS.
1.Hand washing before caring for a patient. And hand washing after caring for the patient.If there is no contamination with blood and body fluids use hand sanitizer which is equally very effective. Make sure that all areas are covered with hand sanitizer.
2.Put on clean gloves before touching yourpatient. But if your gloves get torn, remove it wash your hands and put on a new glove.I have had the experience before, my glove got torn in the middle of a procedure.I was mad at the glove then took it out,washed my hands and changed gloves.
3.Activate safety needles and the deposition of needles into sharp containers.
4Remove gloves and wash your hands before leaving the patient room.
Eliminate and discourage artificial nails and all nail gels.Have you seen nurses with really long nails?. They are not common but once in a while you will see them. It is not a good practice.
Wear the appropriate personal protective Equipment. Do not allow eating, drinking or the application of cosmetic in patient working area or at the nursing station. Reusable eyewear should be decontaminated with the recommended manufacturer disinfectant guidelines.
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20seconds. (Happy birthday ×3)The most important way to prevent infection is proper hand washing. Follow your facility policy and procedures. Complying with the CDC guidelines.
Be aware of your facility guidelines on hazardous materials (MSDS)You have the Right to Know. It is designed for the health and safety of all employees. Know where they are kept.