Airborne precautions are steps that healthcare facility visitors and staff need to follow when going into or leaving a patient’s room. Airborne precautions are for patients who have germs that can spread through the air. They help stop germs from spreading so other people don’t get sick.
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.
A patient on airborne 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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