Course highlights- Section 5

  • IMPETIGO: Impetigo is treated with antibiotics and a child can usually return to school or daycare after 24 hours after antibiotics have begun.
  • HEAD LICE: Don’t have anything to do with how clean someone is and can be treated at home with over-the-counter medications.
  • METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA)is a type of staphylococcus or “staph” bacterium that is resistant to many antibiotics. Clients must be referred to a physician if an infection is suspected.
  • MONITORING IPAC PRACTICES: Hand hygiene practices are monitored by observation audits on a regular basis.
  • NEEDLESTICK AND BLOOD/BODY FLUID EXPOSURE
    • Remove contaminated clothing.
    • Encourage bleeding.
    • Wash with soap and running water; avoid scrubbing.
    • If eyes, nose or mouth are involved, flush with large quantities of water.
  • PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS AND PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE):
    • Wearing gloves is not a substitute for hand hygiene.
    • Perform hand hygiene before putting on gloves & after taking them off.
    • An N95 respirator is used to prevent inhalation of small particles that may contain airborne infectious agents (e.g., Mycobacterium tuberculosis; TB). N95 respirators must be fit-tested every 2 years.
    • Prescription eye glasses are NOT acceptable as eye protection as they do not provide sufficient protection from splashes around the top and sides of the glasses. They may be worn underneath face shields.