Standard precautions are the minimum infection prevention that should be used in the supervision of all patients all of the time. These applications are designed to both protect the healthcare worker and to prevent the healthcare worker from spreading infections among patients, standard precautions include: Use of personal equipment (gowns, gloves, masks), hand hygiene, safe injection practices, which involve recapping needles after use, safe handling of potentially contaminated equipment or surfaces in the patient and environment. These precautions protect patients, families, visitors, and healthcare workers.
Wearing gloves when administering i.m. medication-rationale: to follow standard precautions, caregivers must place used, uncapped needles and syringes in a puncture-resistant container; wear gloves when anticipating contact with a clients blood, body fluid, mucous membranes, or nonintact skin (such as when administering an i.m. injection); and wear a gown during procedures that are likely to generate splashes of blood or body fluids. standard precautions dont call for caregivers to wear a gown or gloves when bathing a client because this activity isnt likely to cause contact with blood or body fluids.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: safety and infection controlcognitive level: knowledgereference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 531.