By Celewyn - 04/10/2016 11:11 - Australia
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Contacts are actually not allowed in many environments because if something gets into your eye, you need to usually flush them for 15 min straight in cold water. (This is general, but if it's a serious infectious thing, then maybe they go emergency for treatment). So contacts make it difficult to clean your eyes, and wasting time taking them out is dangerous. Also, a reaction could take place between the lens and your eye and prove to be potent. But I am wondering why this person was only wearing regular glasses while giving a contagious patient a bath. After volunteering in a hospital for a few years, I have learned that you aren't even allowed near a person who is contagious (there are even different levels of contagiousness). But my point is, anyone who wants to go close needs to put on proper equipment for their own protection. Maybe the person's level of contagiousness is not high enough for PPE? Not sure.
You don't need eye shields for contact precautions. You need them for droplet precautions, or where there might be a splash. As for the glasses, it depends on how squeamish you are. If it's anything other then cdiff you can just drop them in alcohol. For cdiff, personally I'd throw them out.
#23, there is absolutely no reason for you to be rude. You obviously haven't worked in a healthcare environment and have zero knowledge and and are already making ignorant comments. Even then, people are trying to enlighten you. So no need to be a dick. Thanks, good day to you.