barrier nursing


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barrier nursing

The use of special gloves, masks, and gowns to prevent contact between sources of infection and medical personnel caring for critically ill patients. Situations in which one would use these precautions include care of the patient with gas gangrene, fulminant sepsis, burns, tuberculosis, and other highly contagious conditions.
See also: nursing

barrier nursing

Local isolation of a patient with an infectious disease so as to avoid spread. The ‘barrier’ takes the form of gowns, caps, overshoes, gloves and masks which are donned by staff and visitors before approaching the patient and discarded before returning to the normal environment.
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Chris Jeffrey, clinical nurse specialist of infection control, said an all-day drop-in session was held for all staff, the aim being to highlight the requirements around barrier nursing to staff.
Nursing staff often went in and out of the side ward without any form of barrier nursing taking place.
In this case suspicion of VHF was raised, and the patient was immediately isolated, noninvasive procedures were instigated, and barrier nursing was implemented to prevent nosocomial transmission.
This includes MRSA screening of patients before admission and barrier nursing for any patient with MRSA.
We use barrier nursing as a matter of course to create the most sterile environment possible.