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A healthy degree of suspicion: A discussion of the implementation of transmission based precautions in the emergency department

Research paper by Peta-Anne Zimmerman, Matt Mason, Elizabeth Elder

Indexed on: 29 Apr '16Published on: 28 Apr '16Published in: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal



Abstract

Emergency department (ED) presentations have increased significantly domestically and internationally. Swift identification and implementation of transmission based precautions (TBP) for patients known or suspected of having an epidemiologically important pathogen is important. ED staff, particularly triage nurses, are pivotal in detecting and preventing infection, including healthcare associated infections (HAI).