Infection Precautions

With a skin disorder such as EB where bleeding and draining wounds are common, it is crucial to reduce the risk of spreading infection from contact with dirty, contaminated dressings. In order to protect family members, friends and caregivers, and the person with EB, it is important to maintain standard contact precautions. These are guidelines designed by the CDC (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention) to reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms in hospitals, but the principles apply to home situations, as well. At this time, infection control guidelines for the home setting have not been developed by the CDC.

Standard infection control precautions should be maintained when one comes in contact with:

Contact precautions apply to individuals known or suspected to be infected or colonized (demonstrating the presence of bacteria, mold/yeast, or virus in or on the patient but without clinical signs and symptoms of infection) with microorganisms.

These precautions include guidelines about:

Other recommendations include: