Any employee, with an infectious disease or lesion, who provides direct or indirect patient care should consult with
a supervisor and/or the Medical Director. Employees returning to work following an infectious disease must
receive clearance from the Medical Director, or designee, before resuming patient care responsibilities.
Employees should not provide direct patient care when infected with the following:
1. Upper Respiratory Infections: The employee may be relieved of duty depending on the nature or severity of
the illness. Before returning to duty, the employee
should report to the Safety Officer.
- All staff is encouraged to participate in the
organization's influenza vaccination program.
2. Herpes Simplex, Herpes Zoster: Employees with cold
sores, shingles, or areas of recent vaccination should
not have direct patient contact until lesions have
crusted over and are no longer draining.
3. Draining Lesions, e.g. Boils: Personnel will report to
the Medical Director to determine if they should be
caring for patients or handling blood. Cultures of
lesions may be required.
4. Gastrointestinal Illness: Recent gastrointestinal
illness known to be caused by an infectious organism and
5. Employees With Exposure to a Documented or Suspected Case
of Hepatitis: Any exposure must be treated according to
OSHA's exposure control plan and processes must exist
for caring for the person exposed.
Approved By Governing Board