Standard Precautions and Surgical Asepsis

by Joanna Jackson

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    Hi! I’m Joanna Jackson, and in this lesson, we’ll review standard precautions in transmission-based precautions. A quick overview of what we’ll review today. Assessment of client care areas, principles of communicable diseases, principles of infection control, and tips to remember this content. Always remember to assess the patient care areas. There are hundreds of living organisms and body fluids that can cause disease, reduce the risk whenever it’s possible. Ensure patient care areas are clean and void of infection-causing organisms. Ensure hazardous material containers are emptied as needed. Empty bedside commodes and urinals as needed. And discard food trays as soon as it’s possible. Standard precautions are infection control techniques and practices employed to prevent and reduce the transmission of diseases. Basic precautions should be used at all times with all patients, regardless if you know that they have a disease or an infection. Additional precautions such as barriers should be used when a specific disease is identified, known or suspected. The basic ideas of standard precaution include hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, safe disposal of sharps, correct reprocessing of instruments, respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, aseptic technique which means non-touch, and disposal of waste and linens properly. Standard precautions are infection control techniques. The first one and most commonly known is hand washing. Now, let’s review proper hand washing procedure. Use warm water. Hot water can dry your skin. Vigorously rub all areas of your hand, including the back of your hands and your nail beds and your wrists for 20 to 60 seconds. Rinse with warm water by letting the water run down from the wrist to your fingers, with your hands in the sink like this. Do not touch the faucet. Turn it off with a clean dry paper towel when you’re finished. Next, we’ll review Personal...

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    The lecture Standard Precautions and Surgical Asepsis by Joanna Jackson is from the course Safe and Effective Care Environment. It contains the following chapters:

    • Standard Precautions
    • Droplet Precautions

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     Joanna Jackson

    Joanna Jackson

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