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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
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barrier nursingLocal 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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