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 & “high risk” body fluids  that you don’t pass on any infection to the patient.

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

  • Wearing gloves, aprons & mask when caring for someone in protective isolation to protect yourself  from infection.

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