Factors influencing nurse compliance with Standard Precautions
- Exposure to blood and bodily fluids represents a significant occupational risk for nurses.
- The most effective means of preventing bloodborne transmission is through adherence to Standard Precautions (SP).
- Despite published guidelines, significant issues remain around compliance with SP to protect nurses from bloodborne infectious diseases.
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- Levels of PPE-Personal protective equipment is divided into four categories based on the degree of protection afforded (OSHA)
https://www.osha.gov/pls/ oshaweb/owadisp.show_ document?p_table=STANDARDS &p_id=9767
- Level A - skin, respiratory, and eye protection is required
- Level B - highest level of respiratory protection is necessary but a lesser level of skin protection is needed
- Level C - concentration(s) and type(s) of airborne substance(s) is known and the criteria for using air purifying respirators are met
- Level D - work uniform affording minimal protection: used for nuisance contamination only
- Post Exposure Prophylaxis