Standard Precautions (Universal Precautions and Body Substance Isolation)
contributed by: kelly09, SN
Standard Precautions represents a system of barrier precautions to be used by all personnel for contact with blood, all body fluids, secretions, excretions, non intact skin, and mucous membranes of ALL patients, regardless of the patient’s diagnosis. These precautions are the "standard of care." This system embodies the concepts of "Universal Precautions" and "Body Substance Isolation". Standard Precautions focuses on reducing the risk of transmission of microorganisms. The use of barriers is determined by the care provider’s "interaction" with the patient and the level of potential contact with body substances.