A nurse is providing care to a patient with Clostridium difficile. Which of the following actions demonstrates proper use of isolation precautions?
The nurse places a contact precaution sign on the door and ensures a supply of gloves and gowns outside the patient room for staff and visitor use.
The nurse wears a gown and gloves and washes her hands with soap and water before leaving the room.
•Gown and gloves should be worn when caring for a patient with Clostridium difficile at all times. A supply should be kept outside the patient's room with a sign posted outside the patient's room to remind staff and visitors of the precautions.
•Hand sanitizer is not sufficient. Health care providers should perform hand hygiene with soap and water after caring for patients with known or suspected infectious diarrhea (e.g., Clostridium difficile, norovirus) or if hands are visibly soiled (e.g., blood, body fluids).
•Eye protection and an N95 respirator are only needed for airborne precautions.