Fundamentals Question #19
A respirator is a type of PPE. Which statement is true about a respirator?
- A respirator is to be worn at all times when a patient is in contact precautions.
- After providing patient care, the nurse will remove the respirator inside the patient's room.
- A respirator is to be worn at all times when a patient is in airborne precautions.
- Only health care providers need to wear a respirator
The correct option is C. A respirator is to be worn at all times in airborne precautions to decrease the risk of contracting a disease or virus. Contact precautions only require a gown and gloves. The respirator will not be stored in the patient room as this will not allow protection for the health care worker. The respirator must be applied before entering the room. Anyone entering the room needs to be protected.
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