DMC Infection Control Precautions for Flu
- Use STANDARD and DROPLET precautions for routine medical care of patients with confirmed or probable influenza, or influenza-like illness.
- Standard precautions include hand hygiene. When contact with body fluids is anticipated, a gown, gloves and eye protection should be worn.
- Droplet precautions include wearing a surgical mask during direct patient care activities (upon room entry and/or within six feet of the patient)
- Isolation can be discontinued in patients with suspected influenza, if influenza PCR testing is negative and there is a low level of clinical suspicion and/or an alternative diagnosis.
- Isolation can be discontinued in patients with confirmed influenza after seven days of symptoms onset, if symptoms have resolved or until 24 hours following resolution of fever and respiratory symptoms, whichever is longer. In immunocompromised patients, isolation should be maintained for the duration of illness, based on clinical judgment and infection control recommendations.
- Should be performed, in a negative pressure airborne infection isolation room.
- Disposable fit-tested N95 respirators and eye protection (goggles or face shield) should be worn by health care personnel performing these procedures.
- Perform environmental surface cleaning following the procedure