The Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee, best practice document routine practice and additional precautions in all health care setting define additional precautions as “necessary in addition to routine practices for certain pathogens or clinical presentations. These precautions are based on the method of transmission (e.g., contact, droplet, airborne).”
Airborne precautions defined by PIDAC: Airborne precautions are used in addition to routine practices for clients/patients/residents known or suspected of having an illness transmitted by the airborne route (i.e., by small droplet nuclei that remain suspended in the air and may be inhaled by others).
Contact precautions defined by PIDAC: Additional practices to reduce the risk of transmitting infectious agents via contact with an infectious person. contact precautions are used in addition to routine practices.
Droplet precautions defined by PIDAC:
Droplet precautions are used in addition to routine practices for clients/patients/residents known or suspected of having an infection that can be transmitted by large infectious droplets.
For more information and to speak to a member of the Infection Control team, call the Infectious Disease Line at 519-539-9800 x3500.