Airborne Precautions

Airborne precautions are a way to protect everyone from certain germs that are in the air. If you are on airborne precautions, you have or may have germs that can be spread when you talk, sneeze, or cough. These germs stay in the air for long periods of time and over long distances.


  • ExitCare ImageYou will be placed in a room that has a special air supply and frequent air exchanges.

  • The door to your room must stay closed.

  • Your time out of the room should be limited to tests that you need in other areas of the hospital.

  • You must check with your nurse before leaving your room.

  • Wear a mask if you go to another hospital area.

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough.

  • Cover your nose with a tissue when you sneeze.

  • ExitCare ImageWash your hands often.


If there is an "Airborne Precautions" sign on the door:

  • You must check with the nurse before going into the room.

  • You should not eat or drink while in the room.

  • ExitCare Image You should ask the nurse about using or touching any items in the room.

If allowed into the patient's room:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before entering the room.

  • You will be asked to wear a mask (respirator) over your nose and mouth before entering the room. It must fit tightly.

  • Do not take off your mask in the room.

  • Right after you leave the room, take off your mask and throw it in the trash.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.