It is therefore the responsibility of all health-care workers to follow the isolation and transmission-based precaution
policies and protocols of their organisations.
6) A second tier of transmission-based precautions
was designated for highly contagious diseases.
True "isolation" with transmission-based precautions
(contact, droplet) requires restricting the resident to the room.
There are two main components of IPC, namely the standard precautions (previously referred to as universal precautions) which should be applied to all patients, and transmission-based precautions
which are often used empirically, according to the clinical syndrome and the likely aetiological pathogen.
Standard Precautions: universal precautions plus transmission-based precautions
(detailed at www.
are further subdivided into three types: Airborne, Droplet, and Contact Precautions.
Such transmission-based precautions
have been shown to work--the CDC has been able to halt Ebola outbreaks using transmission-based precautions
Understanding isolation practices: respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette, and the three categories of transmission-based precautions
The basis for IPC is to use standard precautions at all times (and in some situations, transmission-based precautions
as well) where a health-care worker (HCW) may come into contact with blood or body fluids.
IPs must also ask, if a resident has to be put on special precautions, how do I determine if he or she needs transmission-based precautions
tailored to how the organism travels?
The newest CDC isolation guideline is a two-tiered system consisting of basic Standard Precautions and additional Transmission-Based Precautions
The development of standard and transmission-based precautions
has meant a much better deal for patients.