A nurse is working with a patient who has been infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The nurse needs to check the patients vital signs using a blood pressure cuff that is normally kept in the central supply area of the unit. Which action should the nurse perform that is most appropriate to prevent spread of this infection?

 

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- Keep the equipment in the room with the patient during his hospitalization

- Return the cuff to central supply after wiping it down with an alcohol wipe

- Contact housekeeping for industrial cleaners to use on the cuff

- Send the cuff to sterile supply for cold sterilization before using it again

Rationale

While working with a patient with an infectious condition, the nurse must practice principles of infection control. This prevents the spread of the pathogen to others. In the case of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the patient could transmit the infection with shared objects. The nurse should keep items, such as a blood pressure cuff, in the patients room during his stay.

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