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Airborne and contact precautions are steps that healthcare facility visitors and staff need to follow when going into or leaving a patient’s room. They help stop germs from spreading so other people don’t get sick. Airborne and contact precautions are for patients who have germs that can spread:
There will be a sign at the door. It tells healthcare facility visitors and staff what they need to do before going into the patient’s room and when they leave the room.
Speak to a nurse before your first visit and before you bring children. There may be limits on who can visit the patient.
If you’re visiting a patient who has diarrhea, clean your hands with soap and water, not hand sanitizer, when you leave their room. If you’re not wearing a gown and gloves, start at step 4. If you’re wearing a gown and gloves:
A patient on airborne and contact 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.
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?Hwid=custom.ab_isolation_airbornecontact_inst_adult.
Related to Airborne and Contact Isolation Precautions
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
Care instructions may be adapted by your healthcare provider. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, talk with your doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.