Respiratory Question #46


The nurse is admitting a client with a diagnosis of possible tuberculosis. Which type of isolation will the nurse prepare prior to the admission?


  1. Airborne precautions.
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  2. Droplet precautions.
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  3. Contact precautions.
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  4. MRSA precautions.
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Airborne precautions along with a negative pressure room, area that exhausts room air directly outside, or a HEPA approved filtered area, is the type of precautions that the nurse must prepare. Airborne precautions are for clients with pathogens transmitted by airborne route such as measles, chickenpox, and tuberculosis). Droplet precautions prevent transmission of pathogens spread through close respiratory secretions and special air handlers are not necessary since these type of pathogens do not remain infections for long. Droplets may be generated by coughing, sneezing, or talking. Masks are required for droplet. Contact precautions are for any type of condition with risk of infection while in contact with the pathogen (such as wounds). MRSA does not have a specific isolation only for MRSA.

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