Droplet Precautions

Droplets can be generated from the source person during coughing, sneezing, talking and during the performance of certain procedures such as suctioning or bronchoscopy.

Droplets may contain microorganisms and generally travel no more than 3 feet from the patient. These droplets can be deposited on the host’s nasal mucosa, conjunctivae or mouth.

Diseases requiring droplet precautions include, but are not limited to: Pertussis, Influenza, Diphtheria and invasive Neisseria meningitidis

Droplet precautions include:

see also>>Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Infection Control

Updated Tuesday, 25-Sep-2012 12:07:30 CDT