If you were told by a nurse at handover to take ‘standard precautions’, what would you expect to be doing?

  • Taking precautions when handling blood and ‘high risk’ body fluids so as not to pass on any infection to the patient

  • Wearing gloves, an apron and a mask when caring for someone in protect

  • Asking relatives to wash their hands when visiting patients in the clinical setting

  • Using appropriate hand hygiene, wearing gloves and an apron when necessary, disposing of used sharp instruments safely, and providing care in a suitably clean environment to protect yourself and the patients.