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Safety and Infection Control

The Safety and Infection Control section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse’s ability to protect patients and other health care workers from various health and environmental hazards. Below is a list of terms and concepts that are covered on the exam.

Accident Prevention

Disaster Planning

Emergency Response Plan

  • internal/external disaster
  • fire
  • emergency plan

Ergonomic Principles

  • assistive devices
  • proper lifting
  • frequent changing of position
  • routine stretching of the shoulders neck, arms, hands, fingers

Error Prevention

Handling Hazardous and Infectious Materials

Home Safety

  • lighting
  • handrails
  • kitchen safety
  • home disposal of syringes

Injury Prevention

Medical and Surgical Asepsis

Reporting of Incident/Event/Irregular

  • medication error
  • client fall


Safe Use of Equipment

Security Plan

  • newborn nursery security
  • hospital bomb threats

Standard/Transmission-Based/Other Precautions

  • hand hygiene
  • room assignment
  • isolation
  • aseptic/sterile technique
  • universal/standard precautions
  • communicable diseases and the modes of organism transmission
  • airborne transmission
  • droplet transmission
  • contact transmission

Use of Restraints/Safety Devices

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