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Abstract – UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS OF INFECTION CONTROL AGAINST BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS

ABSTRACT:
Barrier precautions are a fundamental component of any blood borne pathogen strategy and a critical aspect of all isolation systems.  Many infections are transmitted from patient-to-patient via the hands of personnel and gloves and gowns are widely recommended to provide an extra measure of protection against cross-infection. Barrier precautions may also fail if infected patients are not identified promptly. Universal precautions were designed to protect personnel, not to provide barriers to cross-infection and are prone to misinterpretation and misapplication.