Color-Coded Caps Communicate Caution
Here's a simple way to identify patients who require contact precautions or contact-plus precautions. Fit them with a green bouffant instead of a light blue one in pre-op. This easy-to-distinguish visual cue quickly identifies the need for verbal clarification, isolation, gowning and gloving, or other precautions before the staff member begins treatment, keeping patients and staff safe from cross-contamination risks. We're pretty good about communicating special infection prevention precautions, but despite our best efforts, not every staff member who encounters the patient in the OR or PACU has access to the chart or gets a verbal report detailing those precautions.