Standard precautions are to be used with all types of patients. Any time there is potential for coming into contact with bodily fluids, open skin or mucous membranes we are to use standard precautions. Equipment for these includes gloves, gowns, masks, goggles, shoe covers, and aprons.
There are situations in which patients have certain types of bacterial or viral infections when we are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times when these patient's rooms. To view isolation precautions, click here.