Droplet precautions are steps that healthcare facility visitors and staff need to follow before going into or leaving a patient’s room. They help stop germs from spreading so other people don’t get sick. Droplet precautions are for patients who have germs that can spread when they cough or sneeze.
There will be a sign at the door. It tells visitors and staff what they need to do before going into the patient’s room and when they leave the room. Droplet precautions may not be the same in every healthcare facility.
Speak to a nurse before your first visit and before you bring children. There may be limits on who can visit the patient.
A patient on droplet precautions may leave their room only if necessary (for example, to go for a medical test). They must wear a mask at all times when they’re out of their room.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: February 1, 2020
Author: Infection Prevention and Control, Alberta Health Services
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