Fundamentals Question #22


A client with disseminated herpes zoster requires routine care. Which personal protective equipment (PPE) should the nurse apply?


  1. Surgical mask, gown and gloves
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  2. N95 mask, gown and gloves
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  3. N95 mask, goggles, and gloves
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  4. Surgical mask, face shield, gown, gloves
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The correct option is B. Disseminated herpes zoster is a widespread shingles virus that is transmitted via direct contact and through the air. A respirator is needed instead of a surgical mask. Goggles are not needed unless secretions are expelled into the providers eyes. A surgical mask does not replace a respirator in airborne precautions.

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