Right to Know: Reducing Risks of Fecal Pathogen Exposure for ED Patients and Staff

The purpose of this article is to review the literature regarding the multiple challenges that contribute to ED bedside toileting and examine best practices that will reduce fecal exposure, cross-contamination among patients, and employee splash injuries.

Author: Molly Bridget Delaney RN, CEN, CPEN, MSN, MBA, PhDMember, Twin Cities ENA (Chapter 155), is Emergency Department Nurse Manager, East Bank, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Minneapolis, MN.