Hamilton Health Sciences

Routine Practices

Routine Practices treat everyone as potentially infectious, even when there are no symptoms, and are used to prevent the spread of infection from patients to staff, staff to patients, or patients to other patients.  The same safe standards of practice are used routinely to prevent contact with blood, body fluids, mucous membranes, non-intact skin and soiled items.  Prevention and infection control strategies are used with all clients and include:

  • Handwashing will be used during your regular clinic visits.  It is considered the best way to prevent spreading infections.  Sometimes medical procedures are performed that require the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include, in addition to gloves, gowns, masks, and eye protection

  • Private Rooms are sometimes used when women with HIV are giving birth at the hospital so that the physicians and nurses that care for them can discuss personal health information in a private setting.

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Routine Practices and Additional Precautions in All Health Care Settings, May, 2010 


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