Protective Barrier Precautions


Policy 670.50


Policy Statement


  1. Appropriate protective barrier precautions will be used routinely to prevent skin and mucous membrane exposure when contact with blood or body secretions is anticipated.
    1. Gloves are indicated when contact with blood or body fluids, mucous membranes or non-intact skin is anticipated, for vascular access procedures, and for touching contaminated articles.
    2. Gowns or plastic aprons are indicated if soiling of clothing with blood or body secretions is likely
    3. Masks and protective eyewear are indicated if splashing is likely.
  2. Hands and other skin surfaces will be washed immediately and thoroughly, if contaminated with blood or body secretions. Hands should be washed immediately following any patient contact and after gloves are removed.
  3. Disposable gloves should be available in all examination rooms, patient rooms and procedure rooms.
  4. Protective eyewear, masks, and impervious gowns should be available on each hospital unit.

Applicability of the Policy


All Students

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies


Related University of Vermont Policies


Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)


12.8 Student Exposure Policies/Procedures

History


  • 5/20/2014 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 3/17/2020 Reformatted [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight


Associate/Assistant Dean for Students (Director of Student Well-being)

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