Q Fever Standard Precautions

Standard Precautions include the major features of Blood and Body Fluid Precautions (designed to reduce the risk of transmission of bloodborne pathogens) and BSI (designed to reduce the risk of transmission of pathogens from moist body substances) and applies them to all patients receiving care in hospitals, regardless of their diagnosis or presumed infection status. Standard Precautions apply to:

  1. Blood
  2. All body fluids, secretions, and excretions except sweat, regardless of whether or not they contain visible blood
  3. Nonintact skin
  4. Mucous membranes

These are designed to reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms from both recognized and unrecognized sources of infection in hospitals.


Garner JS, Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Guideline for isolation precautions in hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1996; 17:53-80, and Am J Infect Control 1996; 24:24-52.