If you were asked to take ‘standard precautions’ what would you expect to be doing?

  • Wearing gloves, aprons and mask when caring for someone in protective isolation

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

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

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