Staff measures

• Remove watches and jewellery, remove long-sleeve white coats and jackets, roll shirt sleeves up to elbow

• Hand and forearm washing before and after touching patient

• Wear disposable aprons and gloves if in contact with patient

• Wear gloves and aprons when handling any body fluid and eyeprotection when any danger of fluid or droplet splash

• Strict aseptic technique for invasive procedures (e.g. central venous catheter insertion) and clean technique for basic procedures, e.g. endotracheal suction, changing ventilator circuits or drug infusions

• Previous immunisation against hepatitis B, tuberculosis

• Stethoscopes should be cleaned between patients

• Clear sign-posting of precautions to be taken on cubicle doors

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