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Message in a Minute: Contact Precautions
When entering a patient's room where contact precautions are required:
1. Wash hands before entering the room
2. Put on gloves and gown
3. Properly dispose of gloves and gown
4. Wash hands when leaving the room
Message in a Minute: SBAR
When passing of information to another staff member please use the SBAR format:
"The situation is..."
"The background is..."
"My assessment is..."
"My recommendation is..."
Message in a Minute: AIDET
As you engage patients please use the AIDET format:
Acknowledge, greet the patient
Introduce, yourself and your role
Duration, explain how long the treatment or activity will be
Explain, the purpose or goals of the activity or treatment and how to do it, or why you are there
Thank, the patient for letting you care for them
Message in a Minute: The 4 "P"s
After greeting a patient and washing your hands use the 4 "P"s to assess their condition/situation and check the following:
Potty, toileting needs?
Personal items, are the items accessible and do they have what they want/need?