Risk Management Pitfalls In Patients With Measles, Mumps, Rubella, And Varicella
“The whole waiting room was coughing and sneezing. I didn’t think to isolate this child.“
Patients with measles, mumps, rubella, or varicella should be isolated, since their respiratory droplets and secretions can be spread to other patients, hospital staff, and family members. Patients infected with measles need airborne precautions for 4 days after they develop a rash. All heathcare personnel should follow respiratory control precautions when treating a patient with measles. Exposed staff or family members should be offered post-exposure prophylaxis if they cannot provide evidence of immunity against measles.'
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