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Universal Precautions

Universal precautions developed to protect health professionals

Most often apply in a clinical setting

May also be important for field epidemiology practices during an outbreak investigation (e.g., collecting lab specimens)

Include hand hygiene, gloves, gown, masks, eye protection, face shields, safe injection practices

Require that all equipment or contaminated items are handled to prevent transmission of infectious agents

Special circumstances may require additional precautions

Protective clothing, special site decontamination

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