Using Protective Gear
Although getting rid of the factors that can make residents sick is one way of protecting our residents (medical asepsis), it is also important to make sure that we also protect ourselves from these harmful agents. Wear a mask, eye protection, or gown if you risk exposure.
If health care givers will get sick, there will be a greater chance that residents will also be sick because of cross- contamination. That is why it is important to wear the necessary protective gears such as gowns, eye goggles, face shields and facemasks when we are handling residents with blood and body fluids that could have such obtainable diseases.
Protective gear consists of important instruments that prevent cross-contamination thus protecting ourselves and our residents. When there is a potential risk for exposure to undiagnosed patients with acquirable disease, it is vital to protect one’s self. Protection against contamination of these harmful diseases should be followed from the rules and regulations of the facility especially in isolation procedures. See also isolation procedures under clinical check lists, or PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).