NURSING PATIENT CARE POLICY & PROCEDURE
November 25, 2015
Nursing Manual (Red)
Policy #: 14.14
Title: Infection Control Practices in the
To prevent the spread of infection among patients, hospital personnel and visitors in
the Burn Center. Burn wounds can provide ideal conditions for colonization,
infection, and transmission of pathogens. Infection acquired by burn patients is
known to be a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality.
Infection control practices for patients in the Burn Center will be maintained by all
care team members and visitors.
A. Hand hygiene will be performed upon entering and leaving each patient’s room.
Refer to UWHC Hospital Administrative Policy 13.08, Hand Hygiene, for
specific hand hygiene guidelines.
B. Hospital issued scrubs are to be worn by all burn center nursing personnel
providing direct patient care in the Burn Center.
C. Isolation Attire to be worn by all health care providers entering a Burn Service
1. Lab coats are to be removed and placed on the hook provided prior to
entering each patient’s room.
2. Isolation gowns and clean gloves are to be worn by all care team members
and visitors entering each patient’s room.
3. Isolation gowns and clean gloves are to be worn by all care team members
and visitors during burn care. Hair and shoe covers are optional.
4. Gloves are to be discarded in the trash before exiting the patient’s room.
5. Isolation gowns are to be discarded in the dirty linen bin located in the
patient’s room before exiting.
D. Isolation gowns are not to be reused for subsequent entries into the patient’s
room; a new gown must be worn for each room entry.
E. Standard Precautions and Transmission-based Precautions will be followed for all
patients. External signage will be displayed to alert staff and visitors to any
specific precautions that should be observed for patients with known or suspected
infection or colonization with pathogens of epidemiologic significance (i.e.
Contact, Droplet, Enhanced Contact, or Airborne) - refer to UWHC Hospital
Administrative Policy 13.07, Standard Precautions & Transmission-based
Precautions (Isolation) for Inpatient Settings, for specific guidelines.
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IV. UWHC CROSS REFERENCES
A. Hospital Administrative Policy 13.07, Standard Precautions & Transmission-
based Precautions (Isolation) for Inpatient Settings
B. Hospital Administrative Policy 13.08, Hand Hygiene
Siegel, J.D., Rhinehart, E., Jackson, M., Chiarello, L., and the Healthcare Infection
Control Practices Advisory Committee (2007). Guideline for isolation precautions:
Preventing transmission of infectious agents in healthcare settings. Available online
VI. REVIEWED BY
Clinical Nurse Manager, Burn Center
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Burn Center
Nursing Patient Care Policy and Procedure Committee, November 2015
Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer