body substance isolation


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body substance isolation

Those measures taken by healthcare workers (e.g., use fo glove, aprons, etc.) to reduce transmission of pathogens due to direct contact with mucous membranes and moist body substances (e.g., oral secretions, stool, etc.); BSI ignores airborne pathogens. The BSI system of infection control was proposed in 1987 and regionally implemented, but was later replaced by the CDC with universal precautions.
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body substance isolation

A system of precautionary measures taken to ↓ nosocomial transmission of pathogens in health care, which requires that gloves be worn for any contact with mucous membranes and moist body substances–eg, oral secretions, stool, etc–BSI ignores air-borne pathogens. Cf Universal precautions.
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bod·y sub·stance i·so·la·tion

(bod'ē sub'stăns ī'sŏ-lā'shŭn)
Precautions taken by health care providers and others to avoid contact with blood and other body fluids.
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body substance isolation

Abbreviation: BSI
A method of infection control that assumes all body fluids are potentially infectious and that an effective task-specific barrier must always be placed between the medical provider and the patient.
See also: isolation
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