Universal Precaution: A Tool For Safe Healthcare Practice

Universal Precaution: A Tool For Safe Healthcare Practice

Universal Precaution (UP) is a concept developed by nurses during the mid 1980’s (largely as a response to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), epidemics), that assumes that all patients are potentially infected with blood-borne viruses; consequently universal blood and body fluid infection control precautions are used for all patients, all the time. This concept has been further developed and is known as standard precaution (Weller, 2005). [Read more…]