13.8 Maintaining Isolation

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Maintaining Isolation
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Maintaining Isolation Health care workers deal with many different diseases or disorders Some diseases are communicable (caused by an organism that can be transmitted easily) Isolation is required for communicable diseases Also called transmission-based precautions Method or technique of caring for pts with
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Maintaining Isolation Standard precautions do not eliminate the need for specific isolation precautions Standard precautions are used on ALL pts Isolation is used to provide extra protection against specific diseases or pathogens to prevent their spread
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Ways Communicable Diseases are Spread Direct contact with pt Contact with dirty linen, equipment, and supplies Contact with blood, body fluids, secretions, and excretions, such as urine, feces, and droplets from sneezing, coughing, or spitting and discharges from wounds
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Isolation Techniques Used to limit contact with pathogenic organisms Techniques help prevent spread of disease to other people Protect the pt, family, and health care providers PPE is used to limit contact with the pathogenic organism
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Isolation Techniques Type of isolation depends on: The causative organism of the disease The way the organism is transmitted Whether or not the pathogen is antibiotic resistant
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Terms Used in Isolation Contaminated or Dirty
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