safeguards designed for patients documented or suspected to be infected with highly transmissible or epidemiologically important pathogens for which additional precautions beyond standard precautions are needed to interrupt transmission in hospitals. There are three types of transmission-based precautions: airborne precautions, droplet precautions, and contact precautions. They may be combined for diseases that have multiple routes of transmission. They are to be used either singularly or in combination, in addition to standard precautions. See also Airborne Precautions, contact precautions, Droplet Precautions, Standard Precautions.
Measures suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the risk of airborne, droplet, and direct-contact transmission of infection in hospitals.
n a set of procedures whose goal is to prevent the communication of infectious diseases. They are to be used in addition to the standard precautions procedures.