A patient presents for care at a primary care facility. He is coughing and has a fever of 102F. Which statement from the nurse regarding protective equipment is most appropriate in preventing the potential spread of this patients infection?


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- You will need to wear a mask while you wait to see the physician.

- I'm sorry, but you cannot come in here with your symptoms.

- You will need to wear a mask, a gown, and gloves while you wait to see the doctor.

- Please wait while I put on a mask before taking your vital signs.


When a patient arrives for care and is symptomatic of a potentially infectious condition, the nurse should ask the patient to wear a mask to avoid spreading germs. In this case, the patient can be seen in the healthcare office and the nurse does not need to wear a mask while caring for him. The patient does not need to wear a gown or gloves while waiting, a mask should be enough to protect others until the condition can be diagnosed.

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