Fundamentals Question #22
A client with disseminated herpes zoster requires routine care. Which personal protective equipment (PPE) should the nurse apply?
- Surgical mask, gown and gloves
- N95 mask, gown and gloves
- N95 mask, goggles, and gloves
- Surgical mask, face shield, gown, gloves
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.