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Different Types of Isolations (Video)

These are a few isolations precautions that you will need to know because you will be seeing at least one of these every day. 

Airborne Isolation. Used for diseases or very small germs that are spread through the air from one person to another. A perfect example of this is tuberculosis, measles, or chickenpox.

Contact Isolation. Used for infections, diseases, or germs that are spread by touching the patient or items in the room. Examples of this MRSA, VRE, C-Diff, open wounds, etc.

Droplet Isolation. Used for diseases or germs that are spread in tiny droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. This includes pneumonia, influenza, and more.

Enteric Isolation. Important in preventing and controlling C. difficile-associated diarrhea.

Neutropenic Isolation. Neutropenia is a condition associated with a low white blood cell count. People who have less than 1,500 neutrophils per microliter of blood are considered neutropenic. Therefore, their bodies are less likely to be able to fight infections.


What Goes on a Isolation Kit? (Video)

When a patient is placed in isolation, you will need to order an isolation kit. The following things will need to be included in the kit.

Gowns. One or two boxes of gowns are usually placed on the kit. Most isolations will require the caregiver or visitor to gown up before entering the room.

Gloves. Latex Gloves, usually purple, although some facilities will use black.
Masks. Depending on the type of isolation that the patient is in, either a facemask or an N95 will need to be placed on the isolation kit.

Disposable Stethoscope and Blood Pressure Cuff. A disposable stethoscope and blood pressure cuff will be placed on the kit to decrease the chances of spreading diseases from one patient to another.

Transporting Specimens to the Laboratory (Video)

There are three ways of transporting patients’ specimens to the laboratory.
  1. By pneumatic tube system if your hospital has it.
  2. By the laboratory technician when they come to your unit to draw blood on the patients.
  3. By the nurse, CNA, or you taking the specimen to the lab.


Disposing of Patients' Medical Information Properly (Video)

The patients’ health information is everywhere in the hospital. You can do your part to protect this medical information by disposing of it properly.


Assignment Sheets and the Unit Secretary (Video)

This is a topic that gets my blood pressure high. So please just watch the video.