Implementing Isolation Droplet Precautions – Are Your Nurses Checking All the Boxes?

Nursing | March 27, 2018

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This year’s flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent record. See if your nurses’ droplet precautions skills are strong enough to prevent the spread of flu in your hospital.

Though we are well into the 2017/2018 flu season it isn’t over yet, and this year is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent record. With a 30% efficacy rate for this year’s flu vaccine and a 7.7% infection rate in the U.S., rivaling that of the 2009 “swine flu” pandemic, hospitals are seeing an exceedingly high volume of flu admissions this year.

Influenza (also known as “the flu”) is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by RNA viruses of the Orthomyxoviridae family. The acute febrile illness’ manifestation can range in severity from mild fatigue to respiratory failure and death. In fact, in the United States, the leading causes of death from infectious diseases are influenza and pneumonia related. Seasonal influenza occurs in epidemics every year, usually during the winter months (December through March in the Northern Hemisphere), although influenza peaks can begin as early as October and extend into the month of May.

On the frontlines of patient care, nurses play a critical role in preventing the spread of the flu in a hospital setting. As the flu is spread by the inhalation of large droplets that are expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks (these droplets can carry the virus 3–6 feet), implementing isolation droplet precautions is one tactic of defense shown to mitigate that risk.

See if your nurses are checking all the boxes when it comes to implementing isolation droplet precautions. Download EBSCO Health’s free infographic on the topic created with content from Dynamic Health™, an innovative evidence-based resource designed to help nurses and allied health professionals master critical skills. Dynamic Health offers current, actionable information about core nursing competencies, transcultural care, patient instruction, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutrition and dietetics, social work and so much more. 

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